The final designs for the public bus stations serving Expo 2020 Dubai have been approved by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
According to Construction Week, RTA’s project will entail the construction of 14 passenger-bus stations, in addition to a bus depot at Al Quoz. The stations will serve the public bus network for Expo 2002 Dubai and related activities.
All stations will be integrated into the Dubai Bus network following the event’s completion.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors at RTA, said the stations’ locations were “carefully selected to meet the needs of highly populated residential areas”.
He continued: “The project encompasses the construction of three permanent stations at the Business Bay, Jebel Ali, and Al Baraha, in addition to five temporary new stations at Dubai Silicon Oasis, Global Village, Meydan, Palm Jumeirah, and Al Jadaf.
“It also covers improvements of six existing stations [at] Etisalat, Union Square, and Al Ghubaiba, besides upgrading bus facilities at Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai International Airport.”
Al Tayer said the station project complies with the Dubai Universal Design Code for People of Determination, adding that the architectural design had been inspired by “natural elements from the UAE environment”.
Commenting on the architecture, Al Tayer added: “It features a modern design style that combines the practical interior with the distinctive exterior appearance.
“The construction elements were transpired and employed to serve and form an integral part of the architectural design, while taking into consideration the use of a suitable architectural theme for building models.”
RTA’s bus station project forms part of its master plan for transit related to Expo 2020 Dubai, which includes the development of roads and junctions for the event, in addition to Route 2020, the 15km extension of Dubai Metro’s Red Line.
“It also covers the development of public transport routes and systems for serving Expo 2020 Dubai, such as transporting visitors on green buses from key assembly areas in Dubai to the site of the expo.
“It also involves the deployment of taxis for visitors along with associated taxi ranks to ensure streamlined traffic,” Al Tayer added, according to Dubai Media Office.