Saturday, June 12, 2010

RTA opens bridges leading to entry & exit points of Rashidiya Metro station on 15 July

RTA opens bridges leading to entry & exit points of Rashidiya Metro station on 15 July

Roads & Transport Authority – Mohammed Al Munji:

H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), announced that all bridges leading to the entry and exit points of the Park-and-Ride facilities of Rashidiya Metro Station will be opened on 15 July 2010, as the Contractor is currently making the final touches in preparation for the opening of the bridges.

“The final stage of the project includes opening of 10 bridges with a total length of 1500 meters and roads stretching 2500 meters. These bridges ensure free traffic movements along Emirates Road for traffic inbound from Abu Dhabi towards the Parking of the Metro Station. The project also includes improvements at the juncture of Emirates Road and Al Khawaneej Road to streamline traffic flow inbound from Airport Road towards Al Qusais and Sharjah, as well as traffic inbound from Abu Dhabi and Jebel Ali towards Al Khawaneej Road,” said Al Tayer.

He added: “RTA had already opened Phase I of the project whose cost is estimated as 699 million dirham on 09/09/2009 to coincide with the launch of the Dubai Metro. Phase I comprised the construction of free turns connecting with Emirates Road and Airport Road, in addition to two bridges on Al Khawaneej Road to ease the traffic flow from and to the Parking of Rashidiya Metro Station, which has a capacity to house 2750 vehicles. Phase I also provided entries to the Metro Station on two levels for the traffic incoming from Sharjah with a total length of 1000 meters. Such bridges cross Al Khawaneej Road in the direction leading to the Airport Road.
“Constructing the bridges leading to the entry & exit points of Rashidiya Metro Station reflects RTA attention to upgrade the efficiency of roads network, ensure better flow of vehicular movement, and link the Park-and-Ride facilities of the metro stations with roads network in Dubai Emirate, thus encourage more people to use public transport modes.

“Rashidiya Metro Station is one of the key metro stations as it is the starting point of the Red Line of Dubai Metro. It spans an area of 130 X 30 meters and has a capacity to handle 11,000 passengers per hour per direction. The Station has two entry points fitted with elevators and lifts to ease the smooth entry and exit of passengers from and to the station. The Station has a huge park-and-ride facility capable of accommodating 2750 vehicles with the aim of enticing the public to use the metro in their travel within Dubai. The ground level is dedicated to public buses which provide feeder service to the metro stations. Therefore it has been custom-built to accommodate articulated & double-deck buses, and ensure smooth traffic of a large number of buses at a time. The parking lot is linked with footbridges connecting with the opposite side of the road leading to the metro station such that the time spent from the farthest point in a which a vehicle may be parked to the entrance of the station will not exceed 3 minutes. All required safety precautions are well in place inside the parking facility,” elaborated Al Tayer.

RTA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director concluded his remarks saying: “RTA will continue with the construction works on several main and arterial road projects in Dubai to ensure integrated transit systems in the context of its strategy to provide advanced services to all residents, and provide comprehensive solutions ensuring seamless traffic flow in keeping with its vision of providing Safe & Smooth Transport for All across the Emirate.

• Mattar Al Tayer
• Layout of bridges leading to Rashidiya Metro Station Project

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