Deal signed to get thousands of cars off Dubai roads

Transport chiefs ink agreement with Tecom Investments to provide bus services for staff.
Deal signed to get thousands of cars off Dubai roads
By Andy Sambidge
Sun 11 Jan 2009 08:01 AM

A deal has been signed between transport chiefs and the operator of Dubai Internet City, Media City and Knowledge Village in a bid to take thousands of cars off the emirate's roads.

In a major agreement to tackle the growing congestion on Dubai roads, Tecom Investments will offer bus rides to and from work to its employees in the free zones.

The move is part of the Roads and Transport Authority's plan to encourage companies to organise alternatives to commuting by car for workers, UAE daily The National reported on Sunday.

Peyman Younes Parham, a spokesman for the RTA, told the paper: “The average number of people per car in Dubai is 1.6 so if a bus takes 60 people to work, then around 40 cars would be removed from Dubai’s roads, which is fantastic. It will make a major difference.”

He said Tecom would probably initially purchase between five and 10 buses. The RTA will then help draw up routes to allow Tecom to bus in as many employees as possible from different parts of the city.

The Tecom partnership follows similar agreements between that RTA and Emirates Airline, Zayed University, Standard Chartered Bank, Cargo Village, Emaar Properties, Al Baraha Hospital, the Bustan Rotana Hotel and the Burjuman Centre.

The RTA operates a similar bus service for its own employees that includes free internet access and breakfast on board.

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