In an announcement that shows the commitment of Dubai’s Road and Transport authority to provide better public service and being prepared for any crisis, helipads were said to be installed at three of Dubai’s metro stations.
RTA announced plans to install helipads at Jabel Ali, Qusais, and Rashidiya metro stations that can be used during emergency situations, such as medical evacuation and will significantly reduce the response time for teams dealing with any crisis.
This announcement was made after a meeting was chaired along with Dubai Police, where discussions were based on the improvements that can be made and implemented to ensure the public safety of everyone using Dubai metro as well as the trams and road users too.
Currently, police officers are present in twenty five locations in Dubai metro, while a team of 230 officers are deployed to look after the Dubai Tram. Supplementing them are three mounted patrols and four motor cycles that are present throughout the day.
The meeting also discussed and reviewed solutions to improve traffic efficiency at junctions in and around the JBR [Jumeirah Beach Road] area.
Among the changes that could be made in the JBR area are closing the left turns at such junctions and not allowing any vehicles to be parked on the roadsides leading to The Walk. There have also been discussions of installing a free right hand lane at this intersection while removing the bus stop.
Daily monitoring of the situation will be carried out by RTA before implementing the proposed traffic solutions.
Dubai has seen a significant rise in the number of people using the public transport. 88 million people are reported to have travelled by Dubai metro in the first six months of 2015, a significant rise of 8.3% compared to the same time frame last year, according to the RTA report.
The Dubai Tram, under operation for just about 10 months, has seen 1.8 million passengers in the first half of 2015.
The figures disclosed by RTA have shown the growth of public transport users in Dubai. From 6% usage in 2006 to 14% in 2014, the growth has been remarkable. However, the RTA has goals to increase the numbers even more and are targeting 30% by the year 2030.