12 December, 2007

Tollgates & traffic

As reported in the press, Salik revenues are estimated at Dhs. 600 mil p.a., meaning that the 2 existing Dubai tollgates are passed through at least ca. 411,000 times daily in total.

So many cars using Salik, and my guess is at least 1/4 of the above amount are "Salik-dodgers" - what other explanation is there for the excessive jams at the free exits at peak times?

I wonder what toll charges will be implemented at the 8 additional gates planned for 2010; how effective the Metro will be, and if traffic will indeed be "clearer" in due course.

I still cannot understand why there is a bottleneck at peaktimes at the tollgates despite the introduction of Salik, and why traffic is chocka-block from 5-6.30pm on Shaikh Zayed Road heading towards Dubai.

It's really not too late to implement other "solutions" while the city is still relatively "young". All in all, I believe things will work out for the better.

4 comments:

DxB Paradise said...

What's needed is reliable, affordable, ubiquitous, and accessible public transport. Raising the cost of driving your car is only going to remove so much of the traffic. Taking away the need to drive a car is what's needed.

elcondo said...

"I still cannot understand why there is a bottleneck at peaktimes at the tollgates despite the introduction of Salik, and why traffic is chocka-block from 5-6.30pm on Shaikh Zayed Road heading towards Dubai."

Would that be because Salik has magically sorted out the traffic situation, just as the RTA predicted it would?

rosh said...

Introduce frequent bus service & dedicated bus lanes from AJ/SHJ to DXB's prime office space i.e. Media City, JAFZ, SZR, Deira - with multiple stops. This shall help unclog city's highways/roads.

i*maginate said...

*rosh, and I'm sure a separate "bus/taxi" lane would help

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