Public transport ridership at Expo 2020 Dubai increased 10-fold
UAE – With just five days to go until Expo 2020 ends, it seems all roads lead to the World’s Fair and public transport is the hero here, helping to move this massive influx of people to and from the site of Expo
The number of visitors traveling on Expo Rider and standard RTA buses from Dubai and Sharjah to Expo has increased 10-fold over the past two days, a senior RTA official told the Khaleej Times. Mohammed Al Ali, director of buses at RTA Dubai’s public transport agency, said they anticipate an increase in the rush over the next few days and are working on all possibilities to ensure passengers have a comfortable experience on their journey. trip to Expo 2020 Dubai. “We are doing our best to mobilize the large number of visitors to Expo 2020, which has seen a strong increase in recent days,”
At the Jubail Bus stand in Sharjah, many Expo 2020 visitors were seen jumping into standard RTA double-decker buses for the first leg of their journey to Expo 2020 on Friday morning. Al Ali revealed that the RTA had increased the number of double-decker buses to Al Baraha bus station and Al Ghubaiba bus station from Al Jubail in Sharjah, to meet the additional rush. “Expo Riders are operating at full capacity of 55 seats and other passengers are using standard buses to reach Al Ghubaiba and Al Baraha stations before continuing their journey by metro,” Al Ali said.
In addition to this, the capacity has been doubled by using double decker buses that can accommodate at full capacity of 74 people/bus in Al Baraha and Al Ghubaiba due to demand.
“We have seen more people traveling to Expo on standard RTA buses and so have increased the number of buses and also rolled out double decker and coach style buses to meet demand. Moreover, the frequency has also been revised and increased,” Al Ali added.
The RTA has put an additional 31 buses into service on top of the allocated fleet of 157 buses across the UAE over the past two weeks. The RTA transfers an average of 37,500 passengers/day via Expo Riders and approximately 246,000 people/day via internal Expo shuttles which move people between gates and from parking to gates
There are three ways Sharjah residents can get to Expo 2020 using public transport.
Expo Rider, which takes people from Sharjah to Expo 2020 for free. The capacity of these buses is limited, however.
Standard RTA buses that travel to Union, Al Baraha or Al Ghubaiba bus stations, from where passengers can continue onto the next leg using the Dubai Metro.
Sharjah buses drop off passengers at Centerpoint metro station from where passengers can take a metro to Expo 2020
Similarly, Abu Dhabi Authority buses drop off passengers at Ibn Battuta Metro Station from where they can travel to the Expo.
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