Dubai Metro saved a billion car journeys in 11 years, transport bosses say

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The Dubai Metro has saved an estimated 1 billion car journeys since its launch in 2009, the chief executive of the Roads and Transport Authority has said.

Mattar Al Tayer, who is also chairman of the authority’s board, said the metro reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 2.6 million tonnes, with cumulative financial benefits amounting to 115 billion. of dirhams.

“The metro network, which stretches over 74 kilometres, was completed in just four years. The total length of the railway network is around 101 km,” said Mr. Al Tayer, during the main session of the Dubai International Project Management Forum held under the theme: Sustainability in Mobility Projects.

He also spoke of numerous projects, as well as plans to boost public and environmentally friendly transport and increase the share of sustainable travel.

“Besides mass transit means including metro, tram and buses, mobility systems include taxi services, smart car rental [shared transport] services, on-demand bus services, bicycle and scooter rental services, in addition to expanding the use of smart technologies,” he said.

“For example, the Nol card can be used to pay for purchases made at 12,000 points of sale, in addition [granting holders] Entrance to public parks and museums in Dubai.

Other speakers included Anne-Marie Idrac, former French transport minister, who spoke about the future of mass transport.

“Over the next few years, mobility is set to undergo a rapid transformation, as will online shopping. We will see a growing number of autonomous vehicles and an expansion of unconventional means of public transport,” he said. she declared.

“Sustainability means environmentally friendly mobility in which means of transport are powered by electricity and clean energy. It also involves the use of smart technologies in means of public transport such as the metro and tram.

Updated: January 28, 2022, 7:36 a.m.

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