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Old October 17th, 2009, 10:58 PM   #701
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Got it from Wikipedia but it may be wrong because anybody can edit something on it.But I also remembered February next year so Wikipedia is probably wrong.
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Old October 18th, 2009, 05:04 AM   #702
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This is my first time in this thread, and I must say that I'm greatly impressed. Dubai took a very smart move by investing in such magnificent massive transport system.
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Old October 18th, 2009, 11:30 PM   #703
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The RTA has partnered with Google to provide public transportation directions on Google Maps. Currently, it seems that only bus service is available (hopefully metro, abra and water bus information will be added later).

There are also some small things to be worked out. To get from the Gold Souk to Al Bastakiya, the directions told me to walk 10 minutes. The arrow shows that I am supposed to walk across Dubai Creek.



Still, it is good that this is now available. I have a feeling that Wojhati (the trip planner from the RTA) was not used very much and probably a lot of people did not even know it was available. But from my experience, Wojhati seems to be more accurate and user-friendly than Google Maps.

While I applaud the RTA on their efforts to disseminate public transportation information and details to the public, I think their efforts should be invested elsewhere. First, they should attempt to improve the on-time performance of the buses. Earlier this month, I read that 36% of buses run on-time. They say that their goal is 75% by the middle of next year.

Another issue I think the RTA has handled incorrectly is the issue of Dubai Metro feeder buses. The purpose of feeder buses is to connect the Dubai Metro to areas not directly adjacent to the stations. For people who are not familiar with Dubai's bus network, they might think that no feeder buses are provided in the CBD. On the contrary, bus service is plentiful in Deira and Bur Dubai. The RTA should include the existing buses that come close to the Dubai Metro stations as feeder buses.

A quick glance at The National's Interactive Dubai Metro application, shows that "No Feeder Buses" are (or will be) available at Al Jafiliya, Al Karama, Khalid bin Al Waleed, Union, Al Rigga, Deira City Centre, GGICO and Airport Terminal 1 Stations on the Red Line. I think all bus routes that pass these stations (and other stations that are already serviced by feeder buses) should be added to this list.

The RTA has claimed they are creating a multi-modal transit system which includes metro, buses, abras and waterbuses. But what they seem to be doing is creating two different systems (one for metro and feeder bus users and one for current bus users). I hope I am wrong. The Dubai Metro is still new and not fully operating yet. The RTA might have large changes up their sleeves to improve the current network (hopefully).

My last complaint is the lack of information on the RTA's website. It is very difficult to navigate and get the information that a transit agency should easily provide. If people cannot access up-to-date schedules or information on new routes, they will likely not use it. They last updated the list of bus routes, their route maps and the schedules in April. But I remember that press releases since then have shown several routes have changed or new routes were created (most important were the multiple feeder routes). It seems kind of strange that the only source of information on feeder routes is from news agencies (The National, Gulf News, ArabianBusiness, etc.) and not from the government authority that operates these routes.
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Old November 15th, 2009, 06:06 PM   #704
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Long time no updates...

November 9th

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Old November 15th, 2009, 06:13 PM   #705
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The last pic looks awesome.

Nice.
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Old November 15th, 2009, 10:17 PM   #706
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thanks for the update, very good news indeed, i wish Dubai Metro all the success
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Old November 16th, 2009, 12:14 PM   #707
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It's interesting that the trains have on front and back this strip of red LED lights that lights up from left-to-right-to-left- ..., same as K.I.T.T. LOL
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Old November 16th, 2009, 10:16 PM   #708
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any pictures of the KIT light ?
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Old December 20th, 2009, 05:50 AM   #709
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Pedways planned to link major buildings in Dubai

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Dubai: After putting a fully integrated public transport system in place, Dubai is now planning to build climate controlled pedways to link major buildings to promote a walking culture.

"Apart from the existing and planned air-conditioned pedestrian crossings, we are planning to build air-conditioned pedways to link major buildings, shopping centres, Metro stations and bus stations.

The aim is to make Dubai a pedestrian-friendly city and to encourage people to walk to cover short distances," said Abdul Mohsin Ebrahim, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector at the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

Ebrahim told Gulf News in an exclusive interview that pedways either underground, on the ground or elevated would link buildings in areas such as Shaikh Zayed Road.

"We want to see a 20 per cent increase in pedestrian traffic and a 30 per cent decrease in pedestrian fatalities in the next three years as part of the Dubai Pedestrian Safety and Mobility Plan."

According to the RTA's statistics, 49 pedestrians were killed on Dubai's roads in 2001 and in 2007 the figure was 145. However, the number of pedestrians killed in 2008 was down to 106 as more pedestrian bridges were built and the traffic rules strictly enforced.

Ebrahim said the project would be implemented soon after the completion of a study of the areas where the pedways would be built. They have been designed to link pedestrian crossings and Metro stations with nearby buildings.

The majority of the pedways in the congested parts of the city and commercial areas will be air-conditioned.

They will also provide great opportunities for retailers because they will have different kinds of shops, Ebrahim added.

"We are also improving the existing footpaths and building more pedestrian bridges because we consider walking one of the safest transport modes with great benefits."

The number of pedestrian crossings would increase from 17 in 2007 to 93 by 2010.

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Is that emptiness of the trains and stations representative for that palm island?
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2. Is construction underway on an extension of the Palm Jumeirah Monorail to meet the metro?
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