The “Bus on Demand” service, which transports passengers from the nearest point where they are located, whether at home or at work, to public transportation sites, is now available in 6 areas in the Emirate of Dubai.
There are currently 13 minibuses operated by the private sector in coordination and cooperation with the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai. The service covers a number of areas in the Emirate of Dubai, including Al Barsha 1, Al Barsha 2, and Al Barsha 3, as well as the Dubai Silicon Oasis area and Academic City, in addition to the Al Nahda area in which the service was launched starting last February.
The buses, which can accommodate 10 passengers, pass through flexible schedules and routes, in return for a tariff of 5 dirhams per passenger and 2 dirhams for each additional person, at a time when the service requires bus drivers to communicate with its student through the application to reach the nearest point of his whereabouts.
The on-demand bus service is considered one of the economic and convenient means of transportation that contributes to reducing operating expenses thanks to fixed service schedules that suit the needs of the public because it has a flexible path that is easily accessible and makes it more suitable for some groups, especially in areas with low demand for mass transit.
“On-demand buses” trips are considered among the so-called first and last mile trips, as they transport passengers to and from the nearest mass transit station, by booking through the on-demand bus application available through the App Store, Google Play or Huawei App Gallery.
It is noteworthy that the on-demand service has achieved a number of benefits for the customer, the operation and the environment, as the buses reduce the walking distance and waiting time for customers, and improve their experience through the use of high-quality buses. As for the operation, it was able to reduce the kilometers wasted due to the fact that the bus is smaller and consumes less fuel, as well as the adoption of the smart scheduling system. The service also contributes to reducing carbon emissions and reducing private vehicle trips in service coverage areas, which is in the interest of preserving the environment and reducing its sources of pollution.
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