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Old July 6th, 2008, 09:53 PM   #181
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Why does Dubai need a paublic transport-system? There's oil enaugh over there.
First of all, Dubai's reserves of oil are extremely low (as they always have been). Second of all, any city in the world that wants to prosper and be a world-class leader needs public transport (what would New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong or Amsterdam be without public transport?). As Colin Sherwood, the project manager of the Surface Transport Master Plan for Abu Dhabi's Department of Transport, said "Every city must have high-class public transport. If they don’t, they die." (Keeping Abu Dhabi on the move. The National. 5 July 2008.)

Also, Dubai has been losing millions of dollars/dirhams in business due to the amount of traffic in the city. I believe that Dubai has the most amount of traffic in the Middle East, and it has been growing each year. In order to relieve the congestion and to encourage businesses to continue to relocate to Dubai, an alternative to the private car is needed. The Dubai Metro, buses, and trams will help to reach this goal (or at least approach it).

And it just shocks me to think that anyone would even consider saying "does Dubai need a public transport system?" I am so stunned by this comment that I do not know how to respond. I do not understand how anyone can think that public transport can be a service which a city does not need.
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Old July 6th, 2008, 11:37 PM   #182
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I am very, very sorry.
Seriously.
Sorry.
I am very, very sorry I offenced you.
Can you forgive me please?
I can't believe myself, I'm a big public transport-freak!
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Old July 7th, 2008, 12:29 AM   #183
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Apology accepted, X38. It is good to know that someone can see the benefits to public transport.

And I have a question: Is "X38" the route number of an express bus in Antwerpen? It looks like it could be.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 12:59 AM   #184
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Apology accepted, X38. It is good to know that someone can see the benefits to public transport.

And I have a question: Is "X38" the route number of an express bus in Antwerpen? It looks like it could be.
That's new for me.
So as far as I know it isn't...
We have a bus 38... but that's a normal city bus that makes a circle in het city center...
I even don't know why I chose this nickname.
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Old July 8th, 2008, 03:41 AM   #185
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Bus service exclusively for women
By Joy Sengupta (Our staff reporter)
8 July 2008

DUBAI — The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) plans to introduce a bus service exclusively for women by the end of this year, according to a senior RTA official.

The CEO of Public Transport Agency at the RTA, Essa Al Dossari, said: “We are in the process of planning better public transport services. The number of women travelling by buses is very high. Our future plans include a fleet of buses which would be only for women.”

More seats

Women commuters have been demanding more seats in the buses, he said. There are also complaints that bus drivers often do not stop to pick up women passengers because of non-availability of seats for them as the seats are few. Presently, there are only 12 seats in each bus for women.

Dossari had told Khaleej Times earlier that RTA was studying the bus routes on which the number of seats for women could be increased. He said that during peak hours, the bus drivers needed to stop at the bus stops which had women waiting. “Logically, if all the seats are occupied the driver can normally carry on the trip flow. During peak hours, however, the drivers must stop and take all the women on board.”
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayA...ae_July292.xml
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Old July 8th, 2008, 07:30 AM   #186
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How absolutely ******* ridiculous.

Women need their own buses? They're only allowed to sit down on buses? And if those seats are full then the bus won't stop for them?

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Old July 8th, 2008, 09:36 AM   #187
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Will the women-only buses be guaranteed only to have women drivers?
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Old July 9th, 2008, 01:34 AM   #188
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Will the women-only buses be guaranteed only to have women drivers?
I would assume so. There are female-only taxis in Dubai, and they are driven by women.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 03:35 AM   #189
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Hopefully this will improve the public transport services in Dubai:


'Mystery rider' to check on Dubai bus drivers
Staff Report
9 July 2008, 00:07

Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority has launched a "Mystery Rider" initiative on board its public buses to monitor the service and behaviour of its drivers.

"The Mystery Rider Programme has been launched to study the bus service and daily practices adopted by bus drivers in dealing with commuters.
http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles.../10227238.html
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Old July 10th, 2008, 01:48 PM   #190
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How absolutely ******* ridiculous.

Women need their own buses? They're only allowed to sit down on buses? And if those seats are full then the bus won't stop for them?

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things are not always black and white my friend. sure there is sexism involved but in this case its to the woman's benefit.

a lot of the people who use the buses are poor workers who do not have access to showers and deodorant or other men who simply do not use deodorant. the smell can be horrendous. presumably to reduce the discomfort that women experience as a result, there are women only seating at the front of the bus. although women can sit or stand anywhere they want, they are given priority seating. a long traffic-delayed bus journey is a b*tch. being able to sit is a definite luxury.

i guess they feel that women are somehow less able to handle the stench and discomfort of the bus that men. in any case, women get preferential treatment when it comes to the buses.

i guess anywhere you go, women and children are often given preferential treatment when it comes to these things. dubai is no different although women only buses are a little extreme. men are people too!
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Old July 10th, 2008, 03:16 PM   #191
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How absolutely ******* ridiculous.

Women need their own buses? They're only allowed to sit down on buses? And if those seats are full then the bus won't stop for them?

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I dont see what the problem is many countrys have women only carraiges for subway systems you have disabled and childrens sections so whats wrong with a womens section?

Plus in Dubai the guys totaly check out the women like hell
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Old July 11th, 2008, 03:12 AM   #192
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I could see someone's hand or a purse strap or something getting wedged in at the bottom of the multiple pole handhold column:

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Old July 11th, 2008, 05:25 AM   #193
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... although women only buses are a little extreme.
I agree. But if it turns out to be successful, then it will not have been a bad idea.

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Plus in Dubai the guys totaly check out the women like hell
But, does this not happen (to some extent) all over the world? And second of all, I believe one of the reasons for so much oggling is the fact that there are so many men in Dubai and very few females.

Dubai Municipality needs to do something to attract more females to Dubai or encourage labourers to bring their families.
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Old July 11th, 2008, 11:29 PM   #194
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a lot of the people who use the buses are poor workers who do not have access to showers and deodorant or other men who simply do not use deodorant. the smell can be horrendous. presumably to reduce the discomfort that women experience as a result, there are women only seating at the front of the bus.
well, then give poor workes some f*ing showers before building a MRT system or setting up a seperate bus system!! i guess 100 000 showers are much cheaper than 100 buses. what a damn arrogant view
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Old July 12th, 2008, 01:11 AM   #195
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wow, buses for women only?

are they serious?

whoa. I guess the only thing that's changed in that part of the world is the level of the concrete.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 11:52 AM   #197
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Train to be used looks cool.....
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Old July 20th, 2008, 05:29 PM   #198
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Wow the stations are huge, they look like airports!
Because they actually are.


Those pics, passed for "Stations from inside" are in fact from the new Dubai Internmational T3 terminal, that is about to open in a matter of weeks.

Anyway, there is already a thread for the Dubai Metro
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Old July 21st, 2008, 04:29 AM   #199
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Authority working on plan to cut vehicle use in Dubai
By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter
21 July 2008, 00:05


Traffic from Sharjah going towards Dubai. Many
workers commuting between the two emirates
spend hours in slow-moving traffic as the number
of vehicles on the road increases.


Dubai: Dubai is expected to have 5.3 million registered vehicles by 2020 if the current annual rate of a 17 per cent increase in the number of vehicles continues, threatening massive traffic congestion and economic losses running into billions of dirhams.

The emirate will have 5.25 million people living here by 2020 with a projected growth of 10 per cent per annum in the population. Dubai's population in 2005 was 1.3 million and it already crossed the 1.45 million mark in 2007. Going by these statistics, the number of cars in Dubai will exceed the number of people living in Dubai. Currently an average of 541 people out of every 1,000 people own a car in the city, studies conducted by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) reveal. The number of registered vehicles in Dubai has already touched 853,827 in 2007 compared to 739,547 - an increase of more than 114,000 vehicles.

But the RTA has embarked on a comprehensive Mobility Management Programme (MMP) as part of its Strategic Plan 2020, to avert this scenario.

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"We are working on a project to avert this situation and have launched various plans in order to limit the use of private cars and increase the use of public transport," said Eisa Al Dossari, Chief Executive Office of the RTA's Public Transport Agency.

Asides from the Dubai Metro project and an increase in public transport buses, the RTA has put in place the Mobility Management Plan (MMP).

He defined the MMP as an effective method of managing the growth of car use. The programme actively supports and encourages people to use sustainable modes of transport, he said.

The benefits of mobility management include reduced car use, reduced traffic congestion, reduced pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, improved public health and safety, and growth and evolvement on all fronts.

"A Mobility Management Unit at the RTA will provide the focus and co-ordination in the early stages of the delivery of the mobility management strategy for Dubai. We have so far engaged 10 leading companies in our programme to provide them with transport solutions," he said.

"Transport solutions for companies include programmes such as car-pooling, flexible working hours and company bus services. They also include the option of working from home for employees whose presence in the office is not necessary. We expect an up to 30 per cent decrease in traffic congestion, especially during peak hours if flexible working hours are adopted by both the private and public sectors, Al Dossari added.

He expects more companies to work closely with the RTA and play their role in reducing traffic congestion in the city, he added.

Al Dossari said that there were several benefits for employers and employees if they start using buses instead of private cars. They can save time and money and their productivity in the workplace will also increase as they will not experience tension driving through heavy traffic.

The RTA has also announced a Sustainable Transport Award for companies who effectively implement the mobility management programme.

The RTA will also play the role of a consultant to companies who show an interest in adopting the concept of transporting their staff on public buses.

Currently, only six per cent of people use public transport, the RTA aims to increase this figure by 30 per cent with the start of the Dubai Metro and an increase in public buses and marine transport.
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Although I do not consider carpooling to be a form of public transport, this is the best place to put this.



RTA legalises car-pooling
By Alia Al Theeb, Staff Reporter
22 July 2008, 13:11

Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has legalised car pooling by launching Sharekni, "a share your car service."

The move aims to give people a way to legally car-pool in Dubai and encourages motorists to share rides and cut traffic congestion.

Abdul Aziz Malek, CEO of the Dubai Taxi Agency at the RTA, announced the launch of the free service yesterday in the form of a dedicated website.

"The services comes after extensive field studies carried out by a specialist team in the Public Transport Agency (PTA) in collaboration with a global consulting firm, which found that car occupancy is 1.6 person per one private car and this is one of the factors that is worsening the problem of traffic jams on the streets and roads of Dubai," he said.

Malek said those sharing cars with relatives and friends need not register. RTA inspectors check vehicles only if they suspect that someone is picking passengers up on the road or using their vehicle as an illegal taxi.

Database

He said the those interested in car-pooling should visit the RTA's website to register.

The website offers various options, which includes a search to find drivers or passengers in a certain company or emirate.

The PTA will maintain a database of subscribers and car owners. Residents can log on to either one of the two websites, the dedicated website or the RTA's website, and register to acquire a six-month valid permit and be part of the car-pooling service. Parties may agree a fee between themselves or share costs.

Malek said the maximum number of passengers in one car is four and all their names must be mentioned on the permit.

Currently, RTA inspectors issue a Dh5,000 fine to motorists for car-pooling or running an illegal taxi. The fine is aimed at stopping people from using their cars as illegal taxis. But there have been numerous complaints of motorists being fined while sharing cars with friends and colleagues.

Mohammad Bin Fahad, Acting Director of Planning and Business Development at the PTA, said the initiative will help lower costs commuters incur by using one car for sole use in addition to reducing stress caused by traffic jams especially during peak hours.

He said it will also contribute to reducing emissions from the large numbers of private cars, which means cutting pollution. "The service will also contribute effectively in reducing the phenomenon of illegal taxis, as all passengers in one car will have to be registered and their names mentioned on the permit which the driver will carry."

For car-pooling register at website www.sharekni.ae or the RTA's website www.rta.ae.

Stress buster

Residents said the service would not only ease traffic on roads but also minimise road rage. Almost all of them agreed it would also lessen the burden on their pockets.

Mohammad Rizwan, a Pakistani, currently car-pools. He said: "Five of us travel from Sharjah to Dubai Media City. All of us hold valid UAE driving licences and own a car. Each one of us takes turns to drive the rest of our colleagues to work every day. In my view car-pooling has lessened the stress level when driving in traffic and getting stuck. We all chit-chat and reach our office in a happy mood."

Avinash G., an Indian computer analyst who lives in Bur Dubai, uses car-pooling to reach his place of work in Jebel Ali.

"There are four of us in the car. A couple of us get off on Shaikh Zayed Road while the rest get off in Jebel Ali. We are all charged Dh150 per month by the driver who runs this service. He is an office boy who after dropping us goes to work. He comes to pick us up after he leaves his work at 6.30pm. I have to wait half an hour after work for him but it's worth the wait. I used to drive and I hated the traffic. I only take my own car out during weekends or to run errands," he said.

Raziya Kazmi, a Bangladeshi who works as a secretary has no intention of getting a driving licence of her own. She lives in Hor Al Anz and has been making use of a car-pooling service run by an office boy. "I have been using the service for two years. I work in Rashidiya. We are charged as per the location of our workplace. For example I pay Dh200 a month, a fellow passenger whose office is on Shaikh Zayed Road is charged Dh250. The public buses are so overloaded and so I prefer car-pooling. It is economical."

To register log on to: www.sharekni.ae
http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles.../10230926.html
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