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RTA chalks out traffic management plan during Eid Al-Fitr holidays

: Thursday, July 24 - 2014 @ 11:55

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has drawn a comprehensive plan for traffic movement and public transport services as part of preparations for the forthcoming Eid al-Fitr holidays so as to deliver top quality services that fulfill the needs of the public and road users and enable them to use public or private transit means in a safe & smooth manner.

Detailing the plan, Engineer Hussain Al Banna, Director of Traffic, Traffic & Roads Agency, and Head of the Traffic Movement and the Handling of Operational Plans during Annual Events Team, said: “The RTA has formulated necessary operational plans for serving passengers during Eid al-Fitr holiday; which is usually a busy period every year. The plan covers Burj Khalifa area where more than 20 directional signs will be installed to direct the traffic to the internal roads network of the Business Bay district and provide access to the Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road; which will accordingly ease the pressure on the Financial Center Road. Temporary signs will be installed to direct road users to Zabeel bridges to access the Burj Khalifa area from the Sheikh Rashid Road. To ensure a smooth traffic flow during various peak hours, the light signals on the Financial Center Road will be monitored & controlled to ensure the highest smooth traffic flowpossible.

Adel Mohammed Shakri, Director of Transportation Systems, RTA Public Transport Agency, said: “Ten public buses have been dedicated to provide free rides between Dubai Mall and the World Trade Center to compensate any shortage that might crop up in the number of taxis in some vital parts of the Emirate starting from 1 pm and till the end of the events throughout the Eid days. A number of movement organizers and controllers will be at site to interact daily with the happening of events,” added Shakri.

An area has been designated as stop for tourist buses along the extension of the Financial Center Road and the public will be directed to this area.

“All limousine firms have been permitted to lift passengers from the Dubai Mall; which is considered the most populous and famous tourist destination, and coordination is in hand with franchise companies operating taxicabs (Dubai Taxi, Cars Taxi, Arabian Taxi, National Taxi and Metro Taxi) to ensure the deployment of the full operational capacity of their respective fleets during the Eid days. The total number of taxicabs operating in Dubai currently stands as 8997 taxicabs.

“The Booking and Despatch Center will be fully ready and operating around-the-clock as usual to deliver the highest levels of service through receiving calls and seeking the support of Hala Taxi to serve customers of the Center. There will also be a link between the Center and sites to support external events as well.

Alternative plans have been set out befitting the nature of each service including a plan to support Dubai Airports, Al Maktoum Airport, Dubai Mall, and other events in the Emirate in coordination with the Monitor Service at the Customers Service Office at the Agency and other bodies.

Engineer Nazim Faisal, Director of Roads Maintenance, Traffic & Roads Agency at the RTA, said: “A program is currently underway for preventive maintenance and cleaning of the surroundings of Eid Prayers and mosques as well as bridges and tunnels. Particular attention is given to washing of main tunnels & metal rail of bridges, removing dust & solid deposits on pavements, especially at bridges, washing pedestrian bridges, and cleaning directional signage at main roads of the Emirate. A technical team comprising engineers and inspectors of the Roads Maintenance Department has, in coordination with the Traffic and Roads Departments, surveyed areas around Eid prayers to take necessary corrective measures required for making any emergency repairs during the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

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