Ras Al Khaimah's new transport system on track by olliegoblue36

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									Ras Al Khaimah's new transport system on track
Published: September 21, 2009, 22:34
Ras Al Khaimah: The RAK Transport Authority is soon to introduce as many as 75
new buses that will work within the boundaries of RAK and connect the emirate with
the rest of the UAE.

A total of 50 buses will be dedicated for routes in Ras Al Khaimah and the rest will
connect RAK with other emirates.

According to Jason Farhat, Director of Commercial and Investment Affairs at the
Transport authority, five routes will be created within Ras Al Khaimah in a circular
fashion, and they will start form the emirate’s centre moving out to the borders.

He said the new buses will be of various sizes, accommodating 14 to 30 passengers,
and are provided with the world’s latest standards for passenger convenience.

Farhat said by the beginning of October, more than 90 percent of the taxis owned by
individuals will disappear from the streets, and none will be left by the end of this
year. A total of 1,200 taxis, owned by three transportation companies, will meet the
emirate’s needs.

He added that the Transport Authority has already started paying compensation to
Emirati owners of the number plates of the old taxis, and each of them will receive
Dh500. He said that 27 Emirati taxi drivers have also been given Dh10,000 in
compensation along with their monthly payments and that those drivers have
already received their compensation.

He stressed that the replacement of the old taxis is currently on track and that the
final target of replacing all these taxis will be achieved as per the schedule set up by
the emirate’s authorities.

Farhat said the Authority is currently working on setting up 60 family taxis that can
be used by families and women.

He said that a study is under review to set up taxis that are dedicated to driving
children to schools and employees to their workplaces. Families and employees can
sign up for long-term contracts with the authority.

For the time-being, the RAK Taxi Stand includes buses which take passengers to
Umm Al Quwain for Dh10 per passenger, Ajman for Dh15, and Sharjah and Dubai for
Dh20.

Farhat said the service will be extended to Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. The Transport
Authority will grant privileged rights to companies from Fujairah to run the service
connecting the two emirates.

He said the RAK Transport Authority is currently discussing with its counterpart
authorities in the other emirates to allow its buses to load passengers from these
emirates on their way back to Ras Al Khaimah.

								
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