Bus lanes, cycle zones part of $12bn traffic master plan

Transport chief also says further 500km of roads, 120 interchanges to be built by 2020.
Bus lanes, cycle zones part of $12bn traffic master plan
By Andy Sambidge
Tue 25 Nov 2008 07:10 AM

Bus lanes and exclusive zones for pedestrians and cyclists are part of the plan to ease congestion and improve safety on the roads of Dubai, it has been revealed.

A further 500km of roads plus 120 multi-level interchanges will also be built before 2020 at a cost of around 44 billion dirhams ($12 billion) as transport chiefs in the emirate aim to improve life for motorists.

The detailed plans were outlined by Mattar Al-Tayer, chairman of the Board and executive director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) at a conference in Jordan, news agency WAM reported.

Al-Tayer delivered a keynote speech in which he described how officials were planning to tackle the growing problem of traffic congestion in Dubai.

He said the RTA planned to slash the number of road deaths from the current 17 per thousand to just five by 2020 while proposals including the Dubai Metro and the introduction of more than 3,000 buses aims to increase the use of public transport in the city to 30 percent.

Talking about the problems of road safety and congestion, he said: "RTA worked out plans to overcome these challenges...The plan calls for expanded use of intelligent traffic systems and introducing policies and legislations to curb the increase in the number of vehicles.

"These include bus-dedicated lanes, toll gates system, exclusive pedestrians and cyclists zones, and drafting legislations related to vehicle registration and driver licensing."

He said the master plan up to 2020 included the use of 3,000 buses operating to lift around 4.5 million passengers per day.

A total of about 1,000 air-conditioned bus shelters for passengers would be built, he said.

Al-Tayer also outlined the RTA's plan to extend the marine transport system including two projects to operate 20 ferries and 10 water taxis.

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