Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that international consultants have been appointed to examine the existing infrastructure in the Emirates and to extend the Red Line of the Dubai Metro to Al Maktoum International Airport. There are also plans to appoint consultants to advise on crowd management, increasing the fleets of buses and taxis, and the creation of a unified control centre for the entire infrastructure network.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of RTA, outlined yesterday, February 10, at the second annual Government Summit, four transport initiatives that will be rolled out to support increased demand leading to Expo 2020, including the Red Line extension.
“Since 2005, Dubai has spent AED7 billion on infrastructure. The Dubai Metro, which is driverless, is doing very well and carries 50,000 passengers each day. In 2005, six per cent of the population used public transport and now it is 12 per cent. We are aiming for 20 per cent by 2020,” Al Tayer adds.
WiFi is also used to encourage people to leave their cars at home and adopt public transport, which is currently available on the metro and will be accessible in taxis in the future.
In addition to the extension of the Red Line, the RTA is also developing Al Sufouh Tram, which will be completed in November 2014. The first phase of the tram will be tested next month. The RTA also expects to introduce electric cars and maritime transport in the future, says Al Tayer.
“When it comes to transportation infrastructure and mobility policies, it can be very expensive. We can use low-cost transportation to solve traffic problems by focusing on public transportation, such as maritime, buses and metro. Any country without infrastructure will fail at an economic level,” he explains.
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