Dubai's timely decisions helped restore confidence in public transport


Decisions taken by the Dubai Government since the COVID-19 outbreak began last year have significantly helped reduce the pandemic's impact on vital sectors.

That's according to Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

He said this while chairing the 6th meeting of the Dubai Future Council for Transportation, held virtually in the presence of senior officials, academia, and international transportation experts.

Al Tayer highlighted how the timely decisions taken by Dubai accelerated the restoration of public confidence in public transport and other vital sectors.

"Such decisions also facilitated the speedy recovery and restoration of normal life in the city. Information released by the International Association for Public Transport (UITP) indicated that Dubai was among the world’s fastest cities in regaining public transport ridership to pre-COVID-19 levels," he explained.

"Our teams are continuously monitoring pandemic developments and reviewing protective measures to ensure that measures are relevant and effective, besides coordinating with the concerned committees and parties in Dubai Government," Al Tayer added.

The meeting touched on the successful practices of tackling COVID-19 and mitigating its impact on transportation.

The council also reviewed the accelerators of quality living from a transportation perspective and assessed the progress made in improving infrastructure and futuristic transit systems.

The RTA plans to develop flexible and shared mobility to ease the first and last-mile challenge, besides examining global experiments for benefiting from infrastructure in a better way, depending on need and traffic volumes.

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