HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has briefed an American delegation headed by HE Brian Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), District of Columbia. The meeting discussed the prospects of cooperation and exchange of expertise between the RTA and American firms operating in the fields of rail, transportation and roads. The meeting also explored the roads and public transport projects the RTA intends to undertake shortly.
Attendees also included Ms Beverly Perry, Special Adviser to the Mayor of the US District of Columbia, and several RTA officials. Addressing the meeting, Al Tayer reviewed RTA’s efforts in using smart technologies to monitor the flow of traffic and calculate the volumes of traffic congestions in highways and main roads. “Such technological devices in use can detect any abnormality in the traffic patterns caused by accidents, vehicle breakdown, or extreme vehicular traffic density causing snarls. The RTA has fitted most signalized junctions with cameras linked to the Traffic Control Center to monitor the traffic flow across the Emirate,” he noted.
The American delegation was also acquainted with the technology used by the RTA in the toll-gates system (Salik); the largest of its kind worldwide in terms of the number of lanes, smooth flow of vehicle and the wide toll-gate spanning more than 44 meters in one direction. The system is capable of handling about half a million passing vehicles every day.
Al Tayer reviewed RTA’s experience in undertaking the Dubai Metro project, the world’s longest driverless metro network constructed as one project. He indicated that the RTA had constructed the Dubai metro project in a record four years only whereas the construction of projects of this scale would normally take about double that period. Discussions also covered the Dubai Tram project, the first tram project outside Europe fed by ground electric cables extending along the tramway instead of overhead catenary lines.
Reflecting on the taxi sector, Al Tayer said, “There are more than 14 thousand taxicabs and limousines operating in Dubai comprising 10,041 taxicabs and 4,500 limos. The RTA provides multiple channels for accessing the service including the Booking Center, online booking, smart apps or apps of online booking companies such as Uber and Careem. The RTA is currently developing the Dubai Integrated Transport Platform; which integrates the services of RTA transit means (metro, tram, buses, marine transit modes and taxis) with transit modes of other parties in Dubai such as limo companies, Palm Monorail and Dubai Trolley.”
HE Kenner was greatly impressed by RTA mass transit projects such as the Dubai Metro, tram and other public transit means. “The USA is keen on boosting the bonds with the UAE and pushing the commercial exchange to higher levels. The meeting offered a great opportunity for sharing expertise between American firms and the RTA in delivering and managing the infrastructure of roads & mass transit systems.”