Posted by Bob Brunskill
Authorities in Ras Al Khaimah have confirmed plans to improve public transportation in the emirate by launching its first local bus service from next month.
The RAK Transport Authority has said that the service will include three 14-passenger buses running every 45 minutes from the Jumbo intersection in Nakheel to Sha'am via Khor Khwair and al Rams, the National reported.
In addition, it was reported that the second and third routes, which will begin at a later date, will follow the airport road to the Fujairah border and the coastal road to Jazirat al Hamra, with as many as 12 buses in operation.
The authority also confirmed that the one-way fare will be set at Dh7 – a significant saving considering that a taxi from Nakheel to Sha'am, the northernmost town on the Oman border, costs Dh40.
According to the National, the services will travel through outlying areas but there are currently no plans to introduce buses within RAK city.