Abu Dhabi's planned public transportation network includes high- speed rail links, high- capacity metro lines and a fine-grained network of streetcars, buses and ferries.
metro lines running between all the main districts in Abu Dhabi: one originating on Saadiyat Island and Al Mina, turning left at Central Station and onto the Airport Road, Capital District and Raha Beach; the other line crossing downtown from east to west, connecting Al Reem and Al Suwwah to the Central Station and Marina Mall. In addition, a fine-grained network of streetcars, buses and ferries will ensure that no-one will have to walk more than five minutes to use public transport.
Dubai Road Transport Authority operated 504 buses on 69 lines, transporting 88 million passengers over approximately two million trips during 2006. Joining the fleet in 2007 and 2008 will be 620 new luxury buses to run on intra-city and inter-city routes, including 300 articulated (long) buses and 170 double-deckers, for which the RTA has paid Dh1.9 billion.
Projections are that public transport buses will cover 95 per cent of Dubai City with a total of 160 routes by 2010. At present, however, the RTA is working determinedly to increase the current 6 per cent public bus use to 30 per cent. Enticements to users include air-conditioned bus stops, luxury buses, dedicated bus lanes and an increased number of routes. These will be integrated with metro stations and water transport to create an effective public transport system.