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Public Transport Division


The Public Transport Divisionis an active division under the Public Transport Sector in DoT and it is responsible for planning, guiding and monitoring the provision of public transport services delivered to the public to ensure that public transport supports the Abu Dhabi Policy Agenda.

Roles and Responsibilities

The role of the Public Transport Division is to plan, guide and monitor the provision of public transport in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This includes:

  • Planning integrated public transport system and services.
  • Planning the implementation of new public transport infrastructure.
  • Guiding the provision of public transport services delivered by the Bus Office of the Department of Transport.
  • Developing policies to guide the development and operation of public transport.
  • Preparing and implementing regulations on who can provide public transport and conditions that they must meet.
  • Monitoring and improving the performance of public transport.

Key Policies

The Department of Transport has a list of policies aimed at fulfilling its mission. Below is a list of the key policies that DoT is working on. The DoT will:

  • Place integrated public transport planning and operations at the heart of its approach to the development of the overall transport system.
  • Investigate methods for delivering the best quality public transport potentially including heavy rail, light rail, metro, bus and other innovative solutions.
  • Support the development of an empowered private sector to provide efficient and effective public transport infrastructure and services.
  • Ensure the safety and security of all those using and employed on the public transport system.
  • Use best practice regulation to protect public transport users and the community, with a focus on safety, social and environmental needs.
  • Promote the sustainability of public transport through behavioural change, integrated planning and best practice environmental management.
  • Ensure that bus services provided to schools are safe for children and of a high standard.
  • Ensure that all public transport operators and drivers are reputable, suitably qualified and adequately trained.

 Current Initiatives

The DoT is currently undertaking a large number of initiatives. These include:

  • Conduct feasibility studies for metro and LRT system in Abu Dhabi.
  • Conduct a feasibility study for regional passenger rail.
  • Prepare a Bus Master Planfor Abu Dhabi.
  • Plan, design and implement bus priority projects.
  • Develop and implement a water transport system.
  • Implement demand-responsive transport services.
  • Prepare policies and regulations to govern the provision of public transport .
  • Develop and implement safety and security policies and regulations for public transport .
  • Develop, implement and enforce bus safety specifications and regulations
  • Install air-conditioned bus shelters and amenities.
  • Develop new bus depots to accommodate the growing bus fleet.
  • Remodel bus lay-bys.
  • Design, construct and refurbish bus stations.
  • Identify and implement improvements to school bus services.
  • Develop a new taxi depot and facilities (Taxi Village).
  • Prepare a Pedestrian and Bikeway Master Planfor Abu Dhabi.
  • Specify, contract and construct terminals and vessels for water transport.
  • Conduct a fare structure, policy and technology design study.
  • Develop and implement public transport accessibility and way finding standards.


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