RTA’s transition to public transit systems highlighted at Arab-German Forum (1st)

_: RTA mapped out a comprehensive program for improving the traffic safety level on the roads of the Emirate with a view to gradually curtailing mortality rates. Accordingly, the number of fatalities plummeted from 22 cases per 100 thousand of population in 2006 to 6 cases per 100 thousand of population in 2011 (74% drop).

In protecting the environment from carbon emissions, the RTA phased out old buses, replacing them by buses compatible with the European standards Euro 4 and 5, operated the electrically-powered Dubai Metro, engaged in the pilot operation of hybrid vehicles, experimented the use of CNG-powered abras, and inaugurated the initiative of the Green Bus; which is fueled by biodiesel B05 that contains 5% of recycled edible oil.

Al Tayer touched on RTA efforts to upgrade ‘&’ improve the public transit systems citing that the RTA accomplished the Dubai Metro project, the longest driverless metro project in the world spanning 75 km and comprising 47 stations. It also attended to revamping public bus fleet which grew from 620 buses in 2006 to 1580 buses in 2011, clocking a 155% increase rate, and installed 800 air-conditioned bus shelters throughout the Emirate.

Improvement works also covered marine transit modes, which were previously restricted to traditional abras but today include the Water Bus, Water Taxi, and Ferry Dubai besides embarking on the trial run of natural gas-powered abras. Work is up and running in Sufouh Tramway project which extends 14 km and comprises 19 stations and is set to start operation in mid 2014.

Thanks to these projects and initiatives, the number of public transport commuters jumped from 163 million in 2006 to 348 millions in 2011; clocking an increase of 113%. The share of public transport in people’s mobility (excluding taxis) grew from 6% in 2006 to 11% in 2011, recording in the process 83% increase.

“RTA strategic plan 2030 comprises the construction of about 422 km-long metro and tram lines, and over the next ten years the RTA will extend the length of the Green Line by 21 km from Al Jaddaf to the Academic City, and extend the Red Line by 3.5 km from Al Rashidiya Station to Mirdif City Center.

RTA is also braced for increasing the number of public buses to 2000 buses and is set to stretch public bus routes to as much as 3000 km in addition to 450 km-long marine transit systems. The RTA is seeking to increase the percentage of mass transit systems in people mobility from 11% in 2011 to 20% by 2020 and push it further to hit 30% by 2030.