RTA, American firms meet to discuss rail projects
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has discussed prospects of future cooperation and the exchange of expertise in a recent meeting with American firms operating in the fields of rail, transportation and roads
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has discussed prospects of future cooperation and the exchange of expertise in a recent meeting with American firms operating in the fields of rail, transportation and roads.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has briefed an American delegation headed by Brian Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, DMPED, District of Columbia, according to WAM.
The meeting also explored the roads and public transport projects the RTA intends to undertake shortly.
Al Tayer reviewed RTA’s efforts in using smart technologies to monitor the flow of traffic and calculate the volumes of traffic congestions in highways and main roads.
He said: "Such technological devices in use can detect any abnormality in the traffic patterns caused by accidents, vehicle breakdown, or extreme vehicular traffic density causing snarls.
The RTA has fitted most signalised junctions with cameras linked to the Traffic Control Centre to monitor the traffic flow across the emirate.”
The American delegation was also updated with the technology used by the RTA in the toll-gates system, Salik, the largest of its kind worldwide in terms of the number of lanes, smooth flow of vehicle and the wide toll-gate spanning more than 44 metres in one direction. The system is capable of handling about half a million passing vehicles every day.
Al Tayer reviewed RTA’s experience in undertaking the Dubai Metro project, the world’s longest driverless metro network constructed as one project.
He indicated that the RTA had constructed the Dubai metro project in a record four years, whereas construction of projects of this scale would normally take about double that time. Discussions also covered the Dubai Tram project, the first tram project outside Europe fed by ground electric cables extending along the tramway instead of overhead lines.
Kenner said: "The USA is keen on boosting the bonds with the UAE and pushing the commercial exchange to higher levels. The meeting offered a great opportunity for sharing expertise between American firms and the RTA in delivering and managing the infrastructure of roads and mass transit systems."
Attendees also included Beverly Perry, Special Adviser to the Mayor of the US District of Columbia, and several RTA officials.