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The Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract to upgrade three metro stations on the red line in a session chaired by Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.
The step is part of a 5-year plan for the improvement of metro and marine transport stations and their surroundings to enhance multi-modal transit integration, bring happiness to customers, and provide a better mobility experience for pedestrians, cyclists and people of determination.
“The plan envisages upgrading the facilities of 40 metro and marine transport stations up to 2025 and improving the connectivity between stations and urban & tourist attractions up to 500 metres in the surroundings to ensure the safe and smooth accessibility of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers,” said Al Tayer.
“The plan will kick off by upgrading three stations on the Red Line of Dubai Metro (Dubai Internet City, Damac Properties and UAE Exchange). It also encompasses improving the infrastructure around five other stations (Al Rashidiya, GGICO, Al Qiyada, Noor Bank and Financial Centre Station) and two marine transport stations (Dubai Water Canal, Sheikh Zayed Road). The selection of these stations was based on several parameters such as the number of riders and people of determination, population density, geographical surroundings, and transfers to other transit means),” he explained.
“Improvements of the first three stations include adding a new western entry to Dubai Internet City station and improving the link between Damac Metro Station and Dubai Marina Tram Station to handle the rising number of riders during morning and evening peak times. An additional eastern entry will be added to the UAE Exchange station to enhance the accessibility to the station.
“Improvements of infrastructure around stations include building pedestrian crossings, covering rest areas, providing directional signs, constructing cycling lanes and landscaping, besides addressing the needs of taxis, smart initiatives and accessibility for people of determination in the vicinity of metro and marine transport stations,” concluded Al Tayer.
The number of journeys made by Dubai Taxis from the start of operation in 1995 to December 2019 clocked 682 million journeys, reveals Al Tayer.
The step is in line with RTA’s ongoing efforts to improve Dubai Bus network and enhance the integration with other mass transit means.
RTA offers customers a superb opportunity to witness incredible fireworks on display on the New Year’s Eve, while on aboard marine transit modes (Dubai Ferry, Water Bus, Water Taxi and Abra).
The Roads and Transport Authority further said it seeks to provide extensive support to community members during this challenging period and stressed that everyone’s cooperation is critical to combat the pandemic.
The campaign will run over the course of next 10 days with specific procedures and conditions.
Ahmed Al Khadim confirmed that the field hospital was established with a capacity of 450 beds to relieve hospitals in the city and areas of the eastern coast are accommodate simple and medium cases of people infected with the coronavirus.
Tourists and visitors coming to Dubai from July 7 must complete five steps to enter the emirate. They must check if an entry visa is required or not, book a flight, have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 or bear treatment and isolation costs, apply for a PCR test in the tourist’s home country 96 hours before travel or make the test upon arrival in Dubai.