|JM enjoyed the ride from Al Mutaredh to Bawadi Mall with AED1 bus fare|
With the recent taxi fare hike, I'm sure many people will be forced to take the bus. TransAD officially announced the changes last April 4, 2012. Changes are implemented since May 1st.
Flag-down rate for taxis increased from AED 3 to AED 4 during the day (from 06:00 AM to 10:00 PM) and from AED 3.60 to AED 4 at night. The minimum taxi fare at night is AED 10 even if the trip costs less than AED 10 (USD 2.7).
If the main reason of the taxi fare hike is to encourage public transport utilization, I think the Department of Transport should look into increasing the frequency of trip, say every 15 minutes and not the usual 30 minutes. They should add more routes and bus stop points.
More issues related to taxi fare hike will be discussed on my next post.