Thursday, April 22, 2010

Abu Dhabi goes cycling and walking, light rail and roads

As part of efforts to reduce traffic congestion and build an efficient transportation system, the Abu Dhabi government is expected to spend $68 billion (Dh249.7 billion) on public transport schemes between now and 2015. A large area of focus in Abu Dhabi's transportation plan is the introduction of more than 40 metro stations which will handle 40,000 to 70,000 travellers per day. The Abu Dhabi Urban Street Design Manual has been developed by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) in cooperation with Abu Dhabi's Department of Transport, (DoT), to lessen congestion and reduce dependence on motor vehicles by implementing a public transit network including high speed rail and rapid transit options such as trams and buses. In addition, a system of new and redesigned streets will emphasise high quality urban design and cater to all modes of transport including cycle tracks and bicycle lanes. In line with UPC's 2030 vision to create innovative street designs that will provide a choice of movement by walking, cycling and public transport modes, the DoT expects to invest about $82 billion in Abu Dhabi's transport network, including the construction of roads and a light rail.