RTA studies plans to develop cost-effective public transport

A Staff Reporter
Filed on June 10, 2007

DUBAI — Public transport authorities in Dubai are studying plans to improve strategy and develop suitable networks to offer a cost-effective and optimal public transport to the public, according to a senior official.

“Improvement of the public transport network is among the crucial challenges to elevate the efficiency levels of mobility in Dubai, said Mohammed Obaid Al Mulla, CEO of the Public Transport Agency of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

“These challenges are bound to activate and enhance the efficiency of the public transport system,” said Al Mulla.

He added that promoting the public transport sector as an integrated system is regarded a motivational factor to accomplish more significant urban evolvement prior to embarking on widening the services to cover the countries in the region. He explained that a major overview of operations and structures of the public transport is being conducted as priority plans and actions.

“The Public Transport Agency is currently focusing on the combination of low-density with expansive urban areas to create a type of integration in the public transport system, which means the passenger services are aimed to offer a cost-effective and optimal public transport in order to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in the services delivered to the public,” he added.

“The current public transports networks need to be put in combination, their capacities need to be increased and the public must be encouraged to go for them,” Al Mulla continued.

He also mentioned that the RTA is dedicated to provide Dubai with ideal fundamental network-restructuring possibilities and strong nodes of public mobility, highly efficient road networks and complementary feeder services characterised by effectiveness, safety and smoothness.

“Our customers would indulge themselves by opting us as their best choice of all public transport modes to increase the utility of these modes, which would reduce the usage of private cars and increase the cost recovery ratios, to ease off the traffic flow, lower the rate of accidents and diminish the eco pollution caused by the vehicles.”

“It would also improve the public health and increase the productivity of the society in a way that is in tune with the progress drive the UAE is witnessing on all fronts,” Al Mulla concluded.

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