Abu Dhabi’s ITC brings out on-demand bus service on Saadiyat Island

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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The Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) of the Department of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi has revealed its plan to launch the “Abu Dhabi Link” on-demand bus service on Saadiyat Island on January 28th, 2022.

Abu Dhabi Link on Saadiyat Island will be a free service in the first phase and it will be available daily from 6:00 AM to 23:00 PM. People can request for the bus service through the Abu Dhabi Link mobile application. 

The service will be offered in areas including, Hidd Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Beach Villas, Saadiyat Beach Residences, Jumeirah Resort – Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Saadiyat hotel areas, Saadiyat Cultural District, Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum and Mamsha Al Saadiyat.

The concept of “On-demand Bus Service” aims to offer a bus-only upon request from members of the community, to travel within the community or transfer to other modes of public transport at the transport hub within the community. The service will reduce unnecessary roaming of public buses, and it will also lower the walking and waiting time of bus users significantly.

Launching Abu Dhabi Link on Saadiyat Island will provide residents and visitors to Abu Dhabi with the opportunity to travel seamlessly between the various residential areas and points of interest across Saadiyat Island. It will serve to enhance the Island’s position as a global destination for tourism, recreation, culture, and entertainment.

To access the service, passengers need to download the “Abu Dhabi Link” application, available in Apple Store and Google Play. The users will then have to indicate his/her pick-up and drop-off locations and select a pick-up time. The application will offer the users with details about the bus including its type and plate number, and they will be able to track the location of the bus in real-time using the application.

Abu Dhabi Link service had enhanced the diversity of the public bus network and supports ITC’s efforts to expand the outreach of the public bus service to members of the community. It also supports the efforts of the ITC to establish an integrated and sustainable transport system that facilitates the movement of residents and improves the quality of life in the emirate. 

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