RTA to restructure marine mass transit systems

DUBAI - The Marine Agency at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is planning to restructure the marine mass transit systems in Dubai so as to improve efficiency, according to a senior official from RTA.

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Published: Sun 13 Apr 2008, 6:38 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:48 PM

The agency has compiled a study in this regard.

“The agency is considering restructuring on operational lines and has come up with feasible and constructive proposals,” according to Mohammed Obaid Al Mulla, CEO of Marine Agency. “These proposals aim to work out a well-defined methodology through which the basis of selecting operational modes could be established in accordance with the routes of existing and future mass transit lines,” he said.

“Two more studies will follow soon. The first one will assess infrastructure requirements of marine transport and services, procedures of booking and allocating locations of stations,” he said, adding that the second study would focus on planning locations of logistical support points for the fleet of marine transport.

This study includes booking locations for logistical support, refuelling, depots and maintenance points, as well as associated services required by passengers and clients.

He further explained: “The most important study at this time is to separate different functions of various marine transport modes. Accordingly, an independent identity of each mass transit mode and services will be maintained; a matter which will form the basis of the methodology of planning services and marine systems.”

Al Mulla hinted that the introduction of this methodology would bring about multiple benefits to the agency such as a 100 per cent elimination of the competition between the waterbus and abra. “The creek could be subdivided into service zones highlighted by specific type of boats. It will also lead to 100 per cent integration of marine mass transit modes and doubling of marine mass transit lines in a short time,” he added.

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