Dubai's RTA undertakes integrated transport project around Expo 2020 bus stations
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Dubai’s RTA undertakes integrated transport project around Expo 2020 bus stations

Dubai’s RTA undertakes integrated transport project around Expo 2020 bus stations

The project will add 45km to the emirate’s cycling tracks network

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has endorsed a project for integrated transport and flexible mobility around nine Expo 2020 bus stations.

The transport authority will undertake the project in collaboration with Nakheel, Dubai Silicon Oasis, TECOM, and Dubai Properties, official news agency WAM reported.

“The project aims to encourage the use of environmentally friendly alternative transport means such as cycling tracks and encouraging the public to use pedestrian walking paths as well as public transport means, such as the metro, tram, marine transport and public buses,” said Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, director-general, chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority.

“Improvements include providing pedestrian pavements and addressing traffic safety requirements such as safe crossings, and traffic signals designated for pedestrians and cyclists. Accordingly, RTA has to ensure non-interrupted cycling tracks, address the mobility needs of people of determination to ease their accessibility to all mobility means in place, maximise the benefit from public and transport, and ensure the integration of public transport means with alternative transport means.”

“The project includes the enhancement and implementation of mobility and connectivity standards around nine Expo 2020 Bus Stations at Al Baraha, Al Ghubaiba, Al Jafiliya, Business Bay 2, Dubai Silicon Oasis, International City, Palm Jumeirah, Etisalat and the Union Bus Stations. The project will add 45km to the cycling tracks network, which renders Expo Bus Stations as an excellent model of integrated and environmentally friendly stations,” commented Al Tayer.

“In all public transport projects, RTA assigns special attention to improving the link of public transport stations with development projects and the surrounding attraction areas. This entails addressing the first and last-mile needs, providing elements that assist with the integration of transit means, such as bus stops, cycling tracks, pedestrian crossings, rest areas, shaded paths, landscaped areas, parking for rented cars, and bike racks. Providing these elements will encourage people to use non-conventional mobility means like walking and biking and the use of E-Scooters in commuting between their homes and public transport stations,” elaborated Al Tayer.

“Works of the project provide for an integrated environment around metro and bus stations, which entails constructing 226 pedestrian paths and 857 dropped kerbs, creating paths for people of determination at 1053 points, in addition to the implementation of a host of speed calming measures such as humps, shared cycling and pedestrian tracks, shared cycling and vehicles lanes, roadside parking slots, and wider pedestrian pavements.”

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