RTA targets rise in public transport use by 2020

Authority seeks 20% of population using public transport by key date

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Mohammed Abubaker al-Hashimi, director of planning and business development, has outlined RTA’s plans of driving 20% of the population to use Dubai’s public transport in 2020

RTA’s figures of the share of the population using public transport are up from 6% in 2008 to 13% in 2013.

“Our master plan is fully integrated and takes Dubai’s future development into consideration,” al-Hashimi said at the MEED Destination Dubai 2020 conference. 

“We are using a very sensitive tool called Visum, which is giving us the opportunity to forecast the number of trips and vehicles that will be traveling around Dubai until 2020. We design our roads and infrastructure based on those figures.”

In his presentation, Hashimi explained the state transport body’s future plans for the tram, metro and rail networks.

“Our goal is to move people from using private cars to public transport,” said Al Hashimi.

RTA’s newest project, the green line extension, will run from Al Jaddaf to Academic City. Hashimi said the bidding for the green line will take place in late 2015. The red Line will extend to the site of Expo 2020, spanning the length of 15km, with two to four stations.

RTA will work on adding 421 km of metro and tram network with 197 stations, up from the current 75 km and 47 stations.

Dubai’s tram network will extend over 10.6km with 11 stations. The tram, which is set to operate on time by November 2014, will carry a capacity of 3,000 passengers per hour in each direction. It will connect to two metro stops while running from Madinat Jumeirah to Marina. Phase two will connect it to the Jumeirah area in 2020.

As for the plans beyond Dubai, al-Hashimi announced that the first phase of the Etihad rail is currently under construction in Abu Dhabi. The rail, which will connect all seven emirates together, is expected to connect to Dubai in 2017. It is also aligned with the future GCC railway.


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