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RTA to add Salik toll gate at Business Bay crossing from November

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) today announced the introduction of a new toll barrier (Salik) at Business Bay Crossing.

The measurement is aligned with the RTAChina’s comprehensive strategic plan to develop and integrate road networks, routes and public transportation services and improve road and transportation technical systems. The initiative also reflects RTA’s commitment to implementing policies aimed at encouraging the use of public transportation and reducing dependence on private vehicles.

He RTA He also announced the installation of the Al Safa South Toll Gate on Sheikh Zayed Road, between Al Meydan and Umm Al Sheif Streets, for operational and organizational purposes. A single fee will be required when crossing between the two gates of Safa (north and south) within one hour.

These measures are part of the RTADubai’s efforts to rationalize traffic flows on Dubai roads by diverting traffic to alternative traffic corridors such as Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai – Al Ain Road, Ras Al Khor Road and Al Manama Street. They also encourage the use of alternative Creek crossings, such as the Infinity Bridge and Al Shindagha Tunnel, as well as encouraging residents and visitors to opt for less busy traffic routes.

according to ACR’According to the plan, the two gates will be fully operational in November 2024, coinciding with the completion of the Al Khail Road Improvement Project. The project encompasses the construction of five intersections and braided ramps along with the introduction of rapid traffic solutions at two key points along Al Khail Road. It also includes improving the surface intersections of First Al Khail Road with Al Meydan and Al Zumurrud streets.

Transportation policies

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, saying,

“Tolls are part of transportation policies aimed at supporting road infrastructure and public transportation projects by distributing traffic throughout the road network, thus achieving optimal use of those roads. Tolling policies also encourage the public to opt for mass transportation such as subways, buses, maritime transportation, and soft mobility options.

“The existing toll barriers contributed to reducing the total travel time in Dubai by 6 million hours a year, reducing traffic volume on the Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud bridges by 26%, reducing travel times in Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Ittihad Street by 24%. and increase the number of public transport users by 9 million passengers per year”,

aggregate Al-Tayer.

Traffic benefits

“Studies and proposals by international consultants have concluded on the need to install a toll barrier at the Business Bay crossing, as well as the Al Safa south toll barrier as an operational gate, so that a single fee is required in the crossings between the two gates of Al Safa (north and south) within one hour. This measure aims to maintain traffic service levels, accommodate traffic volumes and control congestion on the road network and at intersections.”

noted Al Tayer.

“The Business Bay crossing gate helps divert traffic from Jebel Ali towards Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Emirates Roads. This diversion reduces traffic on Al Khail Road by 15%, up to 2,053 vehicles per hour. It also reduced traffic on Al Rebat Street by 16%, to 1,218 vehicles per hour. It will also decrease traffic volume on Financial Center Street by approximately 5% and reduce the total travel time on the congested section of Al Khail Road between Al Rebat Street and Ras Al Khor Road by approximately 20,000 hours per day in both directions. “The installation of the Al Safa operational south gate reduces right-turning traffic from Sheikh Zayed Road to Al Meydan Street by 15%. It also reduces traffic flow from Al Meydan and Al Safa Streets to Sheikh Zayed Road by 42%, to 1,070 vehicles per hour. It also helps reduce traffic volume on Sheikh Zayed Road between Financial Center and Latifa Bint Hamdan roads by 4% and optimize the use of First Al Khail and Al Asayel roads by up to 4%.”

aggregate Al Tayer.

Advanced infrastructure

“RTA has completed a wide range of mega projects with a total value of over AED 146 billion. These projects are highlighted by the Dubai Metro, the world’s longest driverless metro network, stretching 90 km, which has transported more than two billion passengers since the start of operations on 9/9/ 2009 until the end of last year.

“The projects also included the construction of the 11 km long Dubai Tram, the extension of bus routes from 2,095 km to 3,967 km (in both directions) from 2006 to 2023 and the deployment of a modern public bus fleet composed for 1,400 buses compatible with European specifications for low carbon emissions “Euro 6”. RTA also operates an integrated maritime transport network that includes traditional abras, Dubai ferry and water taxis. It has also developed an extensive network of roads and bridges which is reflected in the expansion of the total length of the network from 8,715 lane-kilometers in 2006 to 18,886 lane-kilometers in 2023. Last year saw the opening of several road projects including Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan Street, Ras Al Khor Road as part of the Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Corridor Improvement Project and Falcon Interchange as part of the Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project, in addition to completing construction of internal road networks in multiple residential areas.”

commented Al Tayer.

“The number of lanes at Dubai Creek crossings increased from 19 lanes in 2006 to 54 lanes in 2023, which contributed to the increase in the capacity of Dubai Creek crossings from 36,000 vehicles per hour in both directions in 2006 to 108,000 vehicles. per hour in 2023. The number The number of bridges and tunnels increased from 129 in 2006 to 1,070 at the end of last year. In addition, the number of pedestrian bridges and tunnels quadrupled from 26 in 2006 to 122 during the same period, including bridges and tunnels for the Dubai Metro and Tram.

“The length of dedicated cycle tracks increased from 9 km in 2006 to 544 km in 2023 and is expected to increase to 1,000 km in 2030. Coastal areas such as Jumeirah, Al Sufouh and Marina will be connected to external tracks in Al Qudra. , Saih Al Salam and Nad Al Sheba, passing through communities such as Al Barsha, Dubai Hills and Nad Al Sheba”,

aggregate Al Tayer.

Projects under construction

Next year, Dubai Highways and Transportation Authority (RTA) plans to award the contract for the Dubai Metro Blue Line project, which will cover a total of 30 kilometers, 15.5 kilometers underground and 14.5 kilometers above ground. Furthermore, the RTA aims to complete several vital road projects, including the Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project, the Garn Al Sabkha – Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road Intersection Improvement Project, the Hessa Street Improvement Project and the from Umm Suqeim Street. Construction will also include bridges linking Dubai’s islands, internal road projects and alignment with future transport trends such as soft and shared mobility, sustainable transport modes, digital transformation and autonomous transport.

News source: Dubai Press Office

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