The RTA has awarded a Dh289 million contract for phase three of the strategically important Dubai bypass road that links the Northern Emirates with Abu Dhabi. The RTA is also working on projects to expand the 35-kilometre stretch of Emirates Road between the Sharjah–Dubai border and Arabian Ranches roundabout and is transforming Al Ittihad Road into an expressway from Al Garhoud Bridge to facilitate motorists commuting between the two emirates.
In cooperation with the RTA, Sharjah Town Planning and Survey Department (STPS) is expanding Emirates Road within its own borders from the existing three to four lanes and will have completed its section of the Dh800 million Al Ittihad Road expressway project by the end of 2008. The opening of the new King Faisal Bridge at the intersection of King Faisal and Al Wahda Roads at the end of February 2007 was welcome news for commuters between Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman. Construction was carried out by the Department of Public Works as part of the Dh2.1 billion Sharjah government road improvement scheme.
Another strategy employed by Dubai RTA in 2007 to effectively manage traffic in Dubai and minimise congestion was the institution of Salik, a free-flow system allowing traffic to move speedily through two tolling points at Al Garhoud Bridge and Sheikh Zayed Road near Mall of the Emirates. The RTA has also introduced the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport (DAST) to encourage the public and private sector to play a constructive role in realising the RTA's objectives in easing traffic congestion and increasing the use of public transport in the city.
To meet the needs of a rising urban population, Abu Dhabi’s new urban planning initiative envisages a layered interconnected public transportation network that would reduce reliance on cars. The plan includes a high-speed passenger rail line, originating from a train station in the Central Souq, connecting the downtown to the new Capital District, airport and ultimately Dubai. A freight rail line will also operate between the new port, airport, Jebel Ali and the GCC countries. The rail link will be augmented by two high capacity
Construction of a UAE-wide, high-speed railway service is to begin early in 2008. The first phase of the 800-kilometre passenger and cargo network will start operating in 2013.
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