New buses launched in Abu Dhabi ahead of road tolls launch

The government wants to reduce traffic congestion in the capital

New buses launched in Abu Dhabi ahead of road tolls launch

In July it was announced that road tolls will be coming to Abu Dhabi.

From January 1 2020, four toll gates will be activated at Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Bridge, Al Maqtaa Bridge and Mussafah Bridge.

A total of Dhs4 will be charged every time a vehicle passes through one of the gates between Saturday and Thursday, from 7am-9am and then from 5pm-7pm.

During off-peak hours, Fridays and public holidays the toll will be reduced to Dhs2 and daily maximum fee of Dhs16 will be placed on each vehicle.

Drivers will be required to create an account and top it up with credit to continue driving on the roads in the city before the tolls launch in January.

More details will be announced in the coming weeks ahead of the introduction of the system.

The Department of Transport - Abu Dhabi says the measure aims to reduce traffic congestion and raise the efficiency of public transport services.

With this in mind The Integrated Transport Centre has announced the addition of 40 new buses that will be active in the city from October 11.

The move is part of a Dhs473m investment to purchase 327 new buses to cater to the increased demand for public transport and improve connectivity between different areas of Abu Dhabi.

The new buses will increase the frequency of bus services, especially during peak times, and allow more passengers to use the transport network to navigate the city.

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