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Old Feb 14th 2006, 11:04 am
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Dubai to get bus lanes
By Ashfaq Ahmed, Staff Reporter



Dubai: Dubai will have dedicated lanes for public transport buses in congested areas as part of its plans to improve transport services.

The dedicated lanes will help reduce travel times and will encourage more people to use buses as they will be able to avoid traffic congestion and save time, said Engineer Mattar Al Tayer, Executive Director of Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

"The RTA is implementing effective plans to realise its vision of 'Safe and Smooth Transport for All' to cope with Dubai's constantly growing population and its increasing transport needs," he added.

Al Tayer said the RTA will complete its major traffic study in a month's time. The study will identify roads, which needs dedicated bus lanes.

"Separate bus lanes are needed for some congested roads of Dubai and it will be done within next three years because it needs a lot of work on roads," he said.

Abdul Aziz Malek, Director of Public Transport Department, said the RTA is increasing the number of buses and is also introducing buses of various sizes to suit different areas.

The RTA has recently announced its plans to have 500 air-conditioned bus stop shelters to upgrade its services. "The main aim of upgrading the facilities is to change the mindset of the people that public transport is for every one and not just labourers," Malek said.

Integrated services

Al Tayer said the RTA is building an integrated public transportation system relying on the different modes of transportation including metro, buses and water transport.

"We are committed to applying the best international practices to ensure a balance between the different modes of transportation in order to accommodate the increasing demands on the transportation network," he said.

Hans Rat, Secretary General of International Association for Public Transport (UITP), said that Dubai's transport system is a big challenge to run.

"Public transport needs its own space. Metro can have its space but you need to have more space for public buses and that can be done by having separate lanes on roads.

"If buses are stuck in traffic, no one will use them," he said.

Rat also suggested to limit the number of cars registered every year in Dubai.

"Dubai needs to limit registering new cars every year or should introduce some toll system to limit access of cars in congested areas as is being done in London because Dubai has limited space," he said.

Global transport body to set up office

The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) will open its office in Dubai for the Middle East and North Africa Region.

"The UITP is establishing its regional headquarters in Dubai to provide guidance to the growing cities of the Middle East and North African region on how best to anticipate and manage the growth of their public transport infrastructure," said Engineer Mattar Al Tayer, Executive Director of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority.

UITP, which is based in Brussels, is a 120-year-old association of public transport with 3,000 members in 90 countries.

"We look forward to working in a strategic partnership with UITP to address the present and future public transportation needs of Dubai while maintaining the highest levels of safety and service quality," Al Tayer said.

Now how effective are these going to be???
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Old Feb 14th 2006, 11:39 am
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Now how effective are these going to be???
your lanes will be filled with landcruiser and other 4WD ... just like a hard shoulder
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Old Feb 14th 2006, 11:59 am
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your lanes will be filled with landcruiser and other 4WD ... just like a hard shoulder
THey already are!

And luckily, no one drives on the hard shoulder any more. The police have taken care of that!
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More interesting news, though I am not surprised!


UAE owns most cars per person
Tuesday, 14 February 2006
7DAYS

Internet users in the UAE have the highest number of vehicles in private possession worldwide, equal to Italians and Americans, according to the latest research from AC Nielsen.

Almost all respondents to a survey (93 per cent) in these countries said they have a vehicle for which they must buy fuel. The study found that the continuous increase in fuel prices is changing families driving habits in the UAE.

In a poll of 23,500 regular internet users in 42 countries, almost half of the respondents in the UAE said they try to use their vehicles less, to control their fuel expenses. In the UAE, 85 per cent feel affected.

“Contrary to a common opinion, UAE’s well-being depends on the business sector and travel much more than it does on oil reserves.

Therefore, people here are concerned about the influence of fuel prices on the economy and the cost of living just like they are elsewhere in the world”, says Piyush Mathur, Managing Director, ACNielsen GCC.

“Having a car is a must in the UAE, especially in the summer time. Also, individual entrepreneurs who own boats and scooters for rent, or those engaged in road transportation, are directly affected.”
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And luckily, no one drives on the hard shoulder any more. The police have taken care of that!

Don't they You've obviously not been driving in the same places I have
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They could install bus lane cameras like in the UK. That would solve the problem of the police being terrified of stopping the white landcrusiers with the tinted windows. Of course, the penalty would have to actually act as a deterant. 1,000 Dhs a time ought to do it.
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Don't they You've obviously not been driving in the same places I have
havent seen anyone driving on the hard shoulder in yonks.
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They could install bus lane cameras like in the UK. That would solve the problem of the police being terrified of stopping the white landcrusiers with the tinted windows. Of course, the penalty would have to actually act as a deterant. 1,000 Dhs a time ought to do it.
Make it AED 1500, I say!

Oh and the cameras will definately be used, there is no way the coppers will be able to monitor bus lanes.
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havent seen anyone driving on the hard shoulder in yonks.
Really...I see it at least three or four times a week on the SZR
 
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Really...I see it at least three or four times a week on the SZR

3 or 4 times a day is more like it
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Originally Posted by W10
Really...I see it at least three or four times a week on the SZR
well new cameras, specially designed for hard shoulder offenders are going up on teh SZR very soon.
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Here they have just started the buses,letalone the bus lanes :scared:
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Here they have just started the buses,letalone the bus lanes :scared:
well, its a start.

Dubai has about 700 Public Transport buses, which ferry about 60 million people every year!
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well, its a start.

Dubai has about 700 Public Transport buses, which ferry about 60 million people every year!
& i guess u haven't been on a single one of them face!!!! too smelly!! Had a taxi ride yet?
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& i guess u haven't been on a single one of them face!!!! too smelly!! Had a taxi ride yet?
well, I never!

Well, no, I have NEVER been on a Public Transport Bus in Dubai or the U.A.E, ever. I have used them in London, in Switzerland, in America and in Canada.

I used to use the school bus when I was still at school.

As for cabs, course I use them from time to time, especially when I dont want to be sat behind the wheel in traffic.






Ok, how many people here have used the Dubai Public Transport Buses?
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