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Old July 23rd, 2008, 02:03 PM   #201
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5.3 mil vehicles by 2020? is this real? my god, that would be a Dubai-style rush hour...
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Old July 24th, 2008, 03:31 AM   #202
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Look at the way Dubai was designed: nodes of low-density development connected by mega freeways. The city was built for the car so it has to deal with the consequences. Building a comprehensive rail transit system that parallel the major freeways would help a lot to reduce congestion and pollution.
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 08:43 AM   #203
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Pictures of Dubai Neoplan Centroliner DD:
http://images.man-mn.com/index.php?i...1;maxItems]=48



These buses are over 4.5m tall with 3 aircond units installed on the top
and at the back of the bus ^.^
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 10:12 PM   #204
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Thanks for providing the link, taikoo.city! The buses look spectacular and perfect for Dubai.

I hope people do not mind if I post more images, but they are so beautiful that they cannot go unnoticed:
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More images of the Neoplan Centroliner DD Dubai version can be seen at http://images.man-mn.com/index.php?i...ash=7d4609a31f.

I do not think these have started service in Dubai, yet. If they are currently operating, or when they start to operate, it would be so nice if someone in Dubai could take pictures. Thanks.

Last edited by LoverOfDubai; August 4th, 2008 at 04:31 AM. Reason: I have removed the images because they either show up as too big, too small, or just blank. I reposted them on the next page.
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 10:22 PM   #205
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Wow. I wish we had those buses in my city... (we don't)
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 10:33 PM   #206
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Me too... But my city is very spread out, low-density and car-oriented. There would be no point to have such large buses. I hope they are successful in Dubai!
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Old August 4th, 2008, 03:32 AM   #207
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Wow. I wish we had those buses in my city... (we don't)
Sadly KMB is not gonna order any more Centroliners...neither do NWFB
and Citybus....
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Old August 4th, 2008, 04:26 AM   #208
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The images I posted earlier (even the one posted by taikoo.city) seem to be malfunctioning. They are either smaller, larger, or do not even appear. I decided to use an image hosting site instead of using MAN/Neoplan's website. The images I posted earlier were actually a scaled down version. If you click on the thumbnails below, you will be able to see the original size. So, here they are again:

(http://images.man-mn.com/index.php?i...ash=f3926fcaa8)

(http://images.man-mn.com/index.php?i...ash=3bb793e422)

(http://images.man-mn.com/index.php?i...ash=addf7bbd73)

(http://images.man-mn.com/index.php?i...ash=fda467a9a4)

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(http://images.man-mn.com/index.php?i...ash=fccc538d9b)

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(http://images.man-mn.com/index.php?i...ash=feb6d5890f)

(http://images.man-mn.com/index.php?i...ash=4208551500)

(http://images.man-mn.com/index.php?i...ash=e08a50b9a0)

Like I said before, you can see more images here: http://images.man-mn.com/index.php?i...1;maxItems]=48
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Quote:
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The images I posted earlier (even the one posted by taikoo.city) seem to be malfunctioning. They are either smaller, larger, or do not even appear. I decided to use an image hosting site instead of using MAN/Neoplan's website. The images I posted earlier were actually a scaled down version. If you click on the thumbnails below, you will be able to see the original size. So, here they are again:
Cheers for your help!
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Old August 4th, 2008, 01:35 PM   #210
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Sadly KMB is not gonna order any more Centroliners...neither do NWFB
and Citybus....
Hey, I'm talking about Antwerp...
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Old August 5th, 2008, 12:10 AM   #211
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Hey, I'm talking about Antwerp...
I thought there aren't any doubledeckers in Antwerp...

NB. My earlier post was referring to Hong Kong ONLY.
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Old August 7th, 2008, 05:04 AM   #212
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DWC to develop $33b lightrail transport system
By Suzanne Fenton, Staff Reporter
06 August 2008, 21:15

Dubai: To help the estimated million or so residents of Dubai World Central (DWC) move freely around the 140-kilometre city-within-a-city, a staggering $33 billion is being spent on developing a substantial transport network.

Grand Central will be DWC's transport hub and will be located at the centre of Commercial City.

DWC will have its own lightrail system, eventually linking to the Dubai Metro at Grand Central.

The lightrail system will have about five stations in Residential City, three in Commercial City and two in Golf City.

The DWC's internal rail system promises to prevent traffic congestion and be more environmentally friendly. Dubai transport officials recently said that when the Dubai Metro is complete, it will reduce traffic by 17 per cent.

This will be a welcome relief for all residents who spend hours stuck in traffic every day.

Khalid Harib Bin Harib, chief executive of real estate, DWC, said: "People who live in Residential City can easily get to work in Commercial City or to the airport, and will not have to use their cars. Grand Central is where we link all the components."

This transport system will follow Nakheel's ambitious $381 million monorail on Palm Jumeirah and the lightrail system in Downtown Burj Dubai.
http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles.../10235076.html
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Old August 7th, 2008, 05:58 AM   #213
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Two new Dubai Bus routes have been launched: C10 and X28.

C10
Runs between Hamriya Port and Jumeirah Beach Park
  • Hamriya Port
  • Al Khaleej Road
  • Abu Hail Road
  • Ittihad Road
  • Al Maktoum Road
  • Al Maktoum Bridge
  • Khalid bin Al Waleed Road
  • Al Seef Road
  • Sheikh Khalifa Road
  • Sheikh Rashid Road
  • Mankhool Road
  • Diyafa Road
  • Jumeirah Beach Road
  • Jumeirah Beach Park

Route map: http://www.rta.ae/wpsv5/links/buses/routemaps/C10.pdf

Between Saturday and Thursday, the route will operate every 10 minutes from 05:00 to a little before 01:00. On Friday and holidays, C10 will run at 15 minute frequencies between 05:00 and a little before 01:00.

Timetable: http://www.rta.ae/wpsv5/links/buses/...le/C10Both.pdf



X28
Runs between Al Muhaisnah and Jebel Ali Bus Station
  • Al Muhaisnah
  • Dubai International Airport
  • Al Garhoud Bridge
  • Trade Centre Roundabout
  • Sheikh Zayed Road
  • Jebel Ali Bus Station

Route map: http://www.rta.ae/wpsv5/links/buses/routemaps/X28.pdf

Between Sunday and Thursday, the route will operate every 10 minutes from 05:00 to 00:15 (for Jebel Ali-bound) and 05:00 to 00:38 (for Muhaisnah-bound). On Friday and holidays, Jebel Ali-bound buses operate every 20 minutes from 05:00 to 00:21 while Muhaisnah-bound buses operate every 20 minutes from 05:15 to 00:39.

Timetable: http://www.rta.ae/wpsv5/links/buses/...le/X28Both.pdf

Please note: The above links seem to work selectively, or at least for me.
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Old August 7th, 2008, 06:03 AM   #214
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Daang Dubai is like playing SimCity with cheat codes. They're giving it the best of everthing.
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Old August 8th, 2008, 03:53 AM   #215
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Middle East's first monorail to start services in Palm Jumeirah by April
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7 August 2008, 13:04

Dubai: The Middle East's first monorail will be in operation by April 2009 on the Palm Jumeirah, with live testing starting in October, according to developer Nakheel.

A Nakheel spokesperson said that monorail will carry around 40,000 people every day around the island.

The trains will run every three minutes during peak times and every 15 to 20 minutes at off-peak hours.

The $400 million Palm monorail is the first to be unveiled in the Middle East. Nakheel says it has laid 100 per cent of the 5.45 kilometre track. The cars are undergoing a final inspection in Japan before arriving in Dubai for a joint inspection with RTA and operator SMRTE.

Nakheel signed a technical agreement in December 2006 that will see the Osaka monorail team providing technical advice for staff.

Construction work began in March 2006 and was just completed in July 2008.

The monorail will eventually connect to the Dubai Metro.

Robert Lee, managing director of investment projects, said: "With the full cooperation of our strategic partner RTA, we expect to have the monorail operational and capable of carrying more than 40,000 passengers on Palm Jumeirah each day by April 2009."

The RTA is working closely with the Office of British Rail for the monorail's inspection and certification process.

The monorail, and eventually the Dubai Metro, will reduce traffic congestion in Dubai.
http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles.../10235187.html
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RTA says optimal use of public transport key to solving Dubai gridlock
By Anjana Sankar, Senior Reporter
07 August 2008, 23:59

Dubai: Optimal use of public transport is touted as the panacea for Dubai's worsening traffic woes. The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) is convinced it is the only long-term solution to end the constant traffic gridlock that causes economic losses to the tune of billions of dirhams.

Paid parking and new toll gates are being installed in the city to make life harder for car owners, encouraging them to leave their private vehicles behind in favour of public transport.

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But the call to use public transport seems to fall on deaf ears as the population of private car owners in Dubai continues to swell.

Why are people so reluctant? To find out, Gulf News took to the streets to do a reality check on the efficacy of the city's public transport system.

It was a nerve-wrecking experience to wait for cabs during peak hours and hop from one bus to another to reach a destination, an eye-opener to the difficulties faced by Dubai residents who do not own cars.

The omnipresent cream-coloured taxis were not so present when you needed them between 7am and 9am, or between 5pm and 8pm.

During these peak hours, you need real luck to attract the attention of cab drivers.

I was not so lucky while waiting in front of the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Shaikh Zayed Road and Lamcy Plaza. More than two hours, and I could still not find a cab to take me home. The number of passengers waiting always outnumbered the cabs that stopped, and at least half a dozen refused to pick up passengers.

There are hundreds who endure this every day, I realised. People who work in these areas said it was a daily ordeal for them.

However, contrary to many complaints from readers that cabs do not turn up even when booked in advance, the call-a-cab service by the RTA turned out to be a better option, except on one or two occasions.

Again, timing is crucial. A cab called behind Movenpick Hotel on Oud Metha Road at around 6pm was a disappointment. But at Fish Roundabout, Sun and Sands Building in Bur Dubai, and on Bank Street, busy as they are in the evening peak hours, cabs did turn up, although half an hour to an hour late.

I gave up on taxis, and tried the cheap transport of the common man, public buses. I spent an hour at the Satwa bus stop looking for information on bus routes and timings while the sun was scorching down. Buses were never on time, and arbitrary changes of routes and timings often leave passengers stranded, I found out.
http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles.../10235389.html
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That's not a goed publicity for the Dubai transport...
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As always, whenever Dubai has something planned, it is of a different magnitude. Is there any map of how dubai's transit is going to look in the future with respect to all these new projects? It is definitely going to be a challenge to for transit to prevail in a primarily suburban city.
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Irutavias, I agree. Dubai does not seem to take public transportation seriously. Many people in Dubai think public transport is only for the construction workers and the lower class. Also, many people feel that public transportation does not get people from Point A to Point B. But, the main problem is that so few people give a care about public transportation, and even fewer people know about the bus network.

Dubai's government is trying to expand public transportation, but they are not doing a very good job. And sadly, almost everyone thinks highways and expressways (along with widening the existing ones) will solve all the transportation problems.

I know Dubai will realize their mistakes, but I doubt that will come for a few more years.
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Old August 10th, 2008, 04:19 PM   #220
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What are you talking about? Because some of us here refuse to use the bus system at the current condition, doesn't make any of what you wrotte above true.
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