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Prototype of world's first AC bus shelter launched in Dubai

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Dubai, May 10 (UNI) The prototype of the world's first air-conditioned bus shelter has been launched here, with a view to ease congestion on the roads and encourage the use of public transport.

The ultra-modern bus shelter, launched by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) yesterday at its headquarters, boasts of a wide range of facilities as ATMs and vending machines for newspapers, snacks and soft drinks and separate bins for garbage disposal, Khaleej Times reported.

The futuristically-designed, crescent shaped shelter, has a contemporary metallic finish and sliding glass doors. Launching the innovative shelter, Chairman of RTA Board and Executive Director Mattar Al Tayer, said over the next 18 months, more than 500 such bus shelters will be built all across Dubai to encourage people with additional comfort to opt for public transport buses.

''The launch of this prototype is a sign of things to come, as RTA continues its commitment to transform Dubai's public transport infrastructure,'' Mr Al Tayer said.

The RTA wants to make sure that an increasing number of Dubai's residents are using the public transport system, which will in turn ease the flow of traffic on the roads, he added.

''The provision of high quality air-conditioned bus-shelters will not only go a long way in achieving this objective, it will also complement Dubai's rapid pace of development and progress,'' he added.

The 17.5 million dirham contract to construct the bus shelters has been awarded to Right Angle Media on build-operate-and transfer (BOT) basis for ten years.

Right Angle Media will be investing in the project for the construction and maintenance of the shelters, for which RTA will make an annual payment of 17.5 million Dirhams.

The total construction cost will be to the tune of 35.75 million Dirhams, while the maintenance costs will be 3.5 million Dirhams per annum.

''We will be making an investment of over 210 million Dirham over the coming decade in this project, and we hope to see more and more people to travel by bus,'' RTA's Director of Public Transport Abdul Aziz Malik said.

He said the air-conditioned bus shelters have been designed keeping the comfort and requirements of commuters in mind.

Besides, a proposal to construct state-of-the-art fully air-conditioned bus stations in various locations in Dubai was also being re-evaluated by the Authority, Mr Malik added.

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