King Mohammed VI inaugurates the new bus station in the city of Rabat
King Mohammed VI attended the inauguration of the new bus station in Rabat on Monday, a project that structures the southern entrance to the city, modernizes the interurban transport sector in the conurbation, and contributes to the consolidation and strengthening of the image of the Kingdom’s capital.
The new Rabat bus station, which is in line with the objectives of the city of Rabat’s integrated development program, called “Rabat City of Light, Moroccan Capital of Culture,” has 46 bus platforms and a parking lot for long-term bus parking of 22 places, compared to 38 platforms in the old bus station of “Al Kamra.”
The new bus station, which includes an outdoor parking lot for cars and cabs, a drop-off area, as well as catering and commercial premises, should accommodate more than 10,000 passengers per day, compared to 6,000 passengers for the old station. It includes a commercial center with 40 shops, while the one of “Al Kamra” had only 15 commercial premises.
Mobilizing investments of about 245 million dirhams, this project illustrates the firm commitment of the Sovereign to provide the city of Rabat with infrastructure worthy of its status and in line with the expectations of the population, residents and visitors.
The new bus station, which has direct access from the Rabat-Casablanca highway, was constructed on a parcel of ground larger than 8 hectares at the southern entrance of the Rabat-Casablanca highway, near the Prince Moulay Abdallah Sports Complex of Rabat.
The bus station, whose construction work was started by the Sovereign in October 2017, meets the most modern architectural standards, allowing for the optimization of interior spaces, the smooth management of passengers, the improvement of the external environment’s attractiveness, and compliance with the requirements of safety, security, and service quality.
The next generation bus station is equipped with an integrated computerized management system that enables passenger reception and information, as well as the optimal administration of passenger transport and logistical operations and the purchase of travel tickets.
Aside from the obvious benefit of saving time, this system assists in knowing the departure and arrival times of coaches and their routes, avoiding intermediaries, and combating any illegal increase in ticket prices, with the goal of promoting the road passenger transport sector, which connects different cities in the Kingdom and generates many jobs.
The new station also contains infrastructure and equipment that allow passengers and tourists to enjoy the greatest services while being fully compliant with safety standards. The same is true for professionals in the road transport sector, who now have suitable working circumstances to improve their competitiveness, grow their turnover, and maintain their dignity as a result of this new structure.
Furthermore, the new bus station’s strategic location and connection to the network of national roads and highways will contribute to the decongestion of traffic within Rabat, reducing pollution and optimizing passenger transport, thanks to a connection of the new station to the urban transport network.
The new Rabat station is one of several efforts and initiatives done by His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, to enhance residents living circumstances and to assure the Kingdom’s many cities integrated, balanced, and inclusive growth.
His Majesty the King, was greeted on the margins of this inauguration by Mrs Audrey Azoulay, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).