The intent for the three new stations is the delivering of integrated modern services. Located at Al Jaffiliya, Al Qusais and Deira, they are respectively christened Al Jafiliya, Etisalat and Union stations.
Quick summary of the features of the stations
— Al Jaffiliya Bus Station can accommodate up to 7000 passengers, and has a parking terminal for 503 vehicles.
— The Union Bus Station which consists of 3 buildings has a capacity of 7500 passengers.
— Etisalat Bus Station has a capacity of 4500 passengers, and slots for 24 buses.
Amenities such as shops, bicycle racks, waiting areas and public parking were included to encourage more people to use public buses.
Last year, transport chiefs revamped the emirate’s largest bus terminal, Al Ghubaiba, in Bur Dubai, so that it now includes restaurants, shops and offices.
“The establishment of public transport bus … stations comes as a continuation of the authority’s efforts in developing the infrastructure of the mass transit system,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director general of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority.
“The new stations are unique in their innovative design.”
Al Jafiliya station has a capacity of 7,000 passengers a day and public parking on the roof.
The Etisalat terminal is connected to the metro station of the same name and has the capacity for 4,500 passengers.
Union Station is next to the metro station of the same name, where the red and green lines of Dubai Metro converge.
The revamped Al Ghubaiba spans 2,452 square metres and can now handle up to 15,000 passengers a day, up from 10,500 previously.
Authorities also launched new ferries, including a passenger service to Sharjah, to tempt more people away from using private cars on congested roads.