Oct. 22--RTA draws up plans for servicing 25 million visitors expected if Dubai's Expo bid succeeds
Dubai's high-standard roads and transport infrastructure has made it a globally unique city, with the Dubai government investing multi-billion Dirhams into the sector over the last six years.
The cash injection was approved with the aim of meeting the needs of the comprehensive constructional and economic development in the emirate, said Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Director of RTA Matar Al Tayer.
"The efforts made by RTA, and those excreted by the rest of the ministries, federal and local government departments, has contributed greatly to the UAE winning the top position globally in roads quality according to the World Economic Forum (Davos) 2013-2014", he said.
A confident Al Tayer said once Dubai is declared winner as host of the Expo 2020, RTA will chart out, design and carry out the roads and transport projects required for serving the event, creating ease-of-use to the influx of visitors to the city.
Once implemented, the plan will include extending the Dubai Metro's red line, so as to provide a special station to serve the exhibition.
The plan also includes providing environment-friendly buses to carry visitors from main assembly points to the exhibition centre, he said, noting that, it also includes making taxis available to exclusive transport exhibition visitors to the centre.
Improvements will also be made to the roads and intersections in the emirate to allow for a better flow of traffic, with the addition of many road junctions, including changes to Al Yalais Street, an expansion of the end portion of Mohammed bin Zayed Street, and University City Street.
A number of interchange intersections on the roads surrounding the exhibition, internal roads and car parks will also be constructed.
To enable the authority to measure vehicular traffic in an integrative way, a new control system will also be implemented.
Al Tayer said the roads and transport sector's infrastructure in Dubai is semi-completed, requiring only slight changes so as to make way for the 25 million visitors expected to flood the Expo in six months' time, if successful, he revealed.
One of the most important projects on the agenda is the construction of the 14km Dubai Tram, which will run along Al Safouh Road, with its first phase expected to be complete by November next year.
In reference to Dubai's general rail network plan 2030, which has been approved by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Al Tayer said: "The network will expand the geographical coverage radius for the services of the rails network on the level of the urban area of the emirate, that includes all the densely-populated and constructional areas, hence increase the rate of public transport users to achieve the targeted rate for 2030, which is 30 per cent of the volume of the transport movement on a daily basis in the emirate."
He said the routes and locations of the rail networks have been defined on the basis of a number of planning standards which are related to the patterns of the constructional density, distribution of population, economic activities and future prospects for the population increase in different parts of Dubai city.
Link to Ittihad (union) train
The train network suggested for Dubai has been linked to Ittihad train which shall pass through the Emirate of Dubai in three major stations along the train course.
These stations are: Al Maktoum Airport Station: Located east of Al Maktoum Airport along the pathway of Ittihad train. This station has been connected with the violet and blue lines of Dubai Metro to offer an appropriate link to the adjacent areas. This station will mainly serve Al Maktoum Airport and the development projects coming up east of the Dubai Bypass Road.
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