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Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is set to transform public transportation infrastructure as it has awarded contracts for the improvement of 16 bus stations and 6 bus depots. These improvements will significantly enhance the quality and efficiency of the emirate's bus network.

The project aims to improve the overall travel experience by upgrading passenger waiting terminals, having dedicated bus inspections and maintenance bays, driver service offices, bus overnight parking spaces, and engine maintenance workshops.

"Building public bus stations and depots forms a key part of RTA's strategy to enhance the public transport infrastructure," Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, was quoted as saying by WAM.

He stated that these improvements will encourage individuals to opt for public transportation instead of using private vehicles in their daily commutes.

According to Al Tayer, the project "encompasses offering comprehensive services that contribute to passenger happiness, improving accessibility for people of determination, providing bicycle racks, and ensuring seamless connectivity with Dubai Metro and taxi services."

The project includes the enhancement of 16 stations including nine stations at Deira and seven in Bur Dubai, including Mall of the Emirates, Sabkha, Jebel Ali, Al Quoz, Ibn Battuta, Hatta, Gold Souk, Al Qusais, Deira City Centre, Al Ghubaiba, Union, Al Satwa, Al Rashdiya, Abu Hail, Etisalat and Al Karama.

The project will also ensure that there are prayer rooms added at select stations. It also covers the development of six bus depots at Al Khawaneej, Al Qusais, Al Ruwyyah, Al Aweer, Jebel Ali, and Al Quoz.

The bus depot project includes revamping inspection lanes, providing engine wash lanes, drainage system improvements, floor maintenance, and the installation of new system infrastructure and rehabilitating public facilities.

Moreover, drivers will receive residential quarters at Jebel Ali and Al Quoz Depots. External works across all stations involve installing traffic signals & sidewalks, revamping external lights, infrastructure work for security systems, redesigning the bus parking yards at five stations, and adding an initial test zone at Al Khawaneej, Al Ruwyyah and Al Aweer depots.

RTA last week collaborated with The Co-Spaces, a leading business incubator certified by the Dubai SME and provider of co-working solutions called WO-RK, to introduce a co-working space at Burjuman Metro Station.