The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently held a workshop attended by representatives of hotels in the vicinity of the Dubai Tramline to share its endeavours to establish a link and forge integration between the tram stations and residents of nearby hotels, and how best to serve the needs of residents of these hotels when the tram starts operation later this year.
Nasir Bu Shehab, Director of RTA Strategic Planning, said: “The workshop included an introductory briefing highlighting the integration between the Dubai Tram and other transit modes as well as surrounding areas in order to provide a safe and smooth transport for all. Examples were cited such as the link between the two metro stations at the Dubai Marina and the Jumeirah Lakes, and the link between the Tram, buses and other transport means at the Dubai Marina. A briefing was also made to elucidate the efforts made by the RTA to improve the neighbourhood of stations in order to ease the movement of pedestrians and cyclists.”
Bu Shehab stressed the importance of the Tram, as well as various other modes of public transport, in curbing traffic congestions, encouraging riders, be it residents, tourists, or hotel visitors, to use these modes, and familiarizing them with their positive impacts on the surrounding environment. “The RTA can provide NOL cards at hotels along with maps depicting the tram stations to ease the use of this mode and avail the intended benefits of the project to our customers,” he added.
“During the workshop, representatives of hotels as well as investors made a host of suggestions, inquiries and ideas; which will be studied as they have the potential of improving the effectiveness of the Dubai Tram in the best manner,” added the Director of RTA Strategic Planning.
During the workshop, which was attended by Abdul Rida Abu Al Hassan, Director of RTA Planning and Development of Rail Projects; Gram Villa Cot, Transport Adviser at the Office of RTA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director; along with the RTA Transport Integration Section, and 22 members representing about 22 hotels; all participants contributed to achieving the integration between various transit means, and maximizing the benefit from mass transit routes and services.
In turn, hotels representatives and investors lauded the efforts put by the RTA to ensure convenience in using roads & transport systems and services, especially as the Dubai Tramline passes across vital areas with numerous tourist attractions and nearby hotels.
In the first phase, the Project serves Al Sufouh, Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk, Dubai Marina and the Knowledge Village. The tramline, which extends to approximately 11 kilometers and serves 11 stations, is scheduled to be in operation in November 2014 with services offered at 6 minute-interval in the first phase.
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