Dubai will be the only emirate with female-only buses from April 10
Women-only public buses will hit Dubai this weekend, say the Public Transport Agency at Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). "This step is intended to meet the increasing demand among females for public bus services. Public Transport Agency therefore decided to inaugurate this service following site surveys and studies to identify the areas with the highest demand for exclusive ladies buses," said Mohammad Abu Baker Al Hashimi, Director of Planning and Business Development at RTA Public Transport Agency. He added: "Buses deployed on (L55) will set-off from Muhaisnah 4 (near Lulu Village) to Satwa via Muraqqabat Road, Deira City Center, Karama, and World Trade Interchange.
The service will run at two intervals from 6.30am to 9am, and from 4pm to 8pm, as these timings witness the highest demand for such service among ladies. "Bus service will be operated at 30 minutes headway (intervals) and Public Transport Agency will increase the number of buses deployed on this route to minimize the headway if there is a higher bus occupancy rate among ladies in future."
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huku kuhu Apr 12, 2009 01:16 pm
Absolutely ridiculous.Waste of resource .If anything the buses should have been alocated to construction workers or people with disabilities When are we ever going to intergrate.Women are looking for equal rights not special ones.
Karen Apr 07, 2009 02:20 pm
Juliette, I truly understand. The X25 is good if you can get on it but it really is a gamble trying for the 8A. It's worse from the Knowledge Village than Media City, sometimes even Friday evenings, when it's less busy.
At least with that route you can get on! You think that's bad. Try the C1 from Satwa to the Airport. I've had countless "discussions" with bus drivers over this one (my pet hate bus route), to be told that it's not their problem. I don't see why it should be our problem if we're the ones paying for the service. Don't you agree?
Karen Apr 07, 2009 08:49 am
Thank Allah! Seriously, the number of times I've been told I cannot board the bus in Dubai is absolutely ridiculous. What is even more absurd are the number of men standing, "clogging up" the space adjacent to the ladies section - so that they can look at them - when there are seats/standing room towards the back and the bus driver thinks the bus is full. Even more infuriating are men who sit in the ladies section when there are empty seats elsewhere. Can you tell I don't have a car?!
I get wound up over the transport here and I'm a covered lady (who doesn't like waiting for the next bus in the sun) who is not using the transport to get to work. So imagine how much more difficult it is for people travelling to/from work? How is that supposed to increase public saftey (ladies being stranded at night) and efficiency in the workplace (ladies not being able to get to work when they live so far away)?
This is one of the best initiatives of the RTA yet, supposing that these are extra buses and not replacement buses.
Juliette Apr 07, 2009 08:41 am
Nice effort but has any woman at the RTA ever tried catching the bus from Media City into Bur Dubai? 12 seats reserved for ladies, hence the buses all go by without stopping so an hour and a half wait to be crammed 3 per seat or stand for an hour and a half if you're lucky. Lovely way to end the work day!