IN PICS: Dubai transport challenge

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Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) said on Monday it plans to legalise carpooling in an effort to cut congestion in the emirate. Here looks at some of the other projects the RTA has implemented to help the roads flow more freely. (Getty Images)
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Dubai is in the process of buildings its first metro, with the first of two lines scheduled to come online in September 2009, followed by a second line in March 2010. The government has announced plans to build four metro lines in total, which are expected to carry around 200 million passengers per year. (Getty Images)
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Dubai has announced an upgrade of its taxi service, with drivers expected to undergo intensive training courses in order to improve poor service. (ITP images)
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Sheikh Zayed Road (pictured) is the city's main road artery and runs from the Trade Centre all the way to Abu Dhabi. It is notorious for suffering from major traffic congestion. The RTA is currently working on a project to build several roads parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road to reduce congestion. (Getty Images)
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The RTA has also invested heavily in improving interchanges across the emirate to reduce traffic bottlenecks. Here is a shot of construction of the 5th interchange. (ITP Images)
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The RTA has opened three new bridges in the last 12 months, including the Floating Bridge (pictured), in an effort to reduce congestion across Dubai Creek. It has plans to build one more bridge and another tunnel over the next few years. The floating bridge is the fifth crossing on Dubai Creek and cost around 155 million dirhams to build and has a capacity of 6,000 vehicles an hour. (ITP Images)
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The Business Bay Bridge (pictured) opened in June last year at a cost of around 800 million dirhams. (ITP Images)
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The bridge has 13 lanes and has a capacity of 26,000 vehicles per hour. (ITP Images)
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Construction on the new Garhoud Bridge began in February 2006 and the bridge opened fully in March. The bridge cost 415 million dirhams and has a total of 14 lanes, 7 in each direction. It is able to handle 16,000 vehicles per hour. The old bridge had six lanes and handled around 9,000 vehicles per hour. (ITP Images)
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The RTA has greatly expanded its water transport service and now offers air conditioned water taxis in addition to the more traditional abras.
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The RTA has also expanded its bus network and introduced airconditioned bus stops to try and get more people to give up their cars and use public transport. (ITP Images)
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