Dubai Roads and Transport Authority presents comprehensive travel guide for Expo visitors
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) confirmed the readiness of the road infrastructure and public transport networks to provide a unique, smooth and express mobility service to Expo 2020 visitors from Dubai and other emirates of the United Arab Emirates. RTA carried out 15 projects in the service of Expo 2020, at a cost of more than 15 billion dirhams.
The portfolio of completed projects is highlighted by the Dubai Metro Route 2020 running 15 km and connecting seven stations, providing 50 trains with spacious and stylish interiors, building roads covering 138 km of track with nine overflights, deploying 200 public buses to first-class specifications, designate 18 bus stations / stops at hot spots in Dubai and other key cities in the UAE, deploy 15,000 taxis, limousines, manage 30,000 parking spaces at the Expo site and use smart technologies, applications and artificial intelligence to make it easier for Expo visitors to travel on the metro, buses and taxis.
RTA’s preparations for this mega global showpiece included the construction of the Enterprise Command and Control Center, one of the largest and most sophisticated control centers in the world. It also built the Intelligent Traffic Center which uses advanced intelligent technologies to manage traffic.
Hours of operation: The red and green lines of the Dubai Metro will provide passenger service from Saturday to Wednesday from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. (the following day). On Thursday, the service will operate from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. (the following day), and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1.15 a.m. (the following day). The service frequency will be 2:38 minutes during peak hours. The Dubai Tram will operate Saturday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. (next day) and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. (next day).
Expo buses will operate from 6.30am and will continue to operate for 90 minutes after the Expo doors close. The shuttle service between the parking lot (Expo parking shuttle) and the three Expo gates will start at 9:00 a.m. and will continue for 90 minutes after the Expo gates close. The bus service between the Expo gates (Expo People Mover) will start at 6.30 am and will continue the service 90 minutes after the Expo gates close. Taxi and email services will operate 24 hours a day.
RTA has developed technical event management plans and has developed a structure for the mobility of Expo visitors using various means of transport from metro and bus stations inside and outside the emirate in addition to taxis deployed on the site. RTA also developed a plan to manage the movement of traffic on the surrounding roads and junctions during weekdays and weekends, as well as mega-event days throughout the Expo period. He also drew up alternate plans to deal with all possible scenarios with the potential to cause rumblings to ensure smooth and permanent traffic during the Expo period. RTA has emergency and crisis communication and response plans, including solutions for potential scenarios as well as instant traffic conversion plans in the event that all roads and junctions around the site are closed. .
Roads and bridges
To ensure the smooth flow of traffic serving Expo 2020 as well as future projects in the region, RTA carried out improvements to the surrounding road network in the region which included the construction of six overflights to ensure free movement in all areas. directions. He also built 64 bridges spanning 13 km, 5 box tunnels spanning 450 meters and roads spanning 138 kilometers of track in addition to 25 entry lanes and 21 exit lanes for vehicles. on the Expo site.
RTA had undertaken the construction of the 2020 Dubai Metro route. It stretches 15 km from Jebel Ali metro station on the red line to Expo 2020 station connecting seven stations and providing safe and smooth transportation to Expo visitors as well as to parts of Dubai.
Route 2020 serves the Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai Investment Park and Dubai 2020 Exhibition Site.
It has a capacity of 46,000 passengers per hour in both directions (23,000 passengers per hour per direction). The number of passengers is expected to reach 275,000 passengers per day by 2030. Expo Station is expected to receive 35,000 daily Expo visitors on weekdays, and this number is expected to increase to 47,000 daily visitors on weekends. This number represents 29% of the total expected daily visitors to the Expo.
The route connects seven stations: a connecting station, three overhead stations, two underground stations and an emblematic station: Expo 2020.
The exterior designs of the Route 2020 stations feature an improved architectural design of the existing metro stations on the red and green lines. The designs consist of four different motifs, including the iconic Expo Station and the interchange station between Route 2020 and the Red Line at Jebel Ali Station, which has a design analogous to the design of current metro stations to maintain the identity and shape of the metro stations along Sheikh Zayed Road. The other two models are for elevated and underground stations. The new designs allow greater capacities compared to existing stations on the red line. Plus, they have design elements emulating simplicity, modernity, and durability.
Expo Station, which can serve 29,000 passengers per hour at peak times and 522,000 passengers per day, has a unique aircraft wing-shaped design symbolizing Dubai’s take-off towards innovation. The design of the station serves integration with public transport means with spaces for buses and taxis.
Jumeirah Golf Estates Metro Station is the largest metro station in the entire Dubai Metro system. It can serve 11,555 passengers per hour during peak hours and approximately 250,000 passengers per day.
Stations and buses
To facilitate the movement of Expo visitors from different emirates, RTA announced the provision of free bus rides to Expo 2020 visitors aboard Expo Riders buses from nine locations in the United Arab Emirates. These include three in Abu Dhabi, two in Sharjah and one location in Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Al Ain. Thus, all Expo Riders public bus services will be free for visitors to Expo Dubai and all emirates.
Nine stations: RTA has established nine public bus stations to serve Expo visitors, spread across key areas of Dubai, namely: Al Ghubaiba, Etisalat, Al Baraha, Dubai Silicon Oasis, International City, Dubai International Airport (Terminal 3) , Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Mall, and the Global Village.
The construction of the Expo bus stations met the requirements and standards of integrated transport and the improvement of the city’s interconnection to facilitate residents’ access to and from public transport stations and ensure the safe and smooth access for pedestrians and cyclists to these means. The design also meets the needs of a qualifying environment for determined people and has strengthened the connection between the various transport stations, development projects and attraction areas in the surrounding area. As such, it has focused on providing first and last mile requirements and integrated transportations such as public bus stops, cycle paths, crosswalks, landscaping and supports to bicycles to encourage residents to walk and use individual means of transport.
New generation: Al Ghubaiba bus station is a new generation of bus stations. It is characterized by its unique modular design that combines innovative and efficient solutions for technical designs and the provision of elegant public transport services. Its design meets the requirements of environmental sustainability and the needs of determined people.
The Etisalat Bus Station is directly linked to the Etisalat Metro Station on the Dubai Metro Green Line, and the building consists of a ground floor and a mezzanine. It covers an area of 708 m² that can accommodate 4,500 passengers and the number of daily users is expected to increase from 3,000 to 4,100 runners during the Expo period. The station serves seven bus lines, which will increase to eight during the Expo.
Modern buses: The public transport service for visitors to Expo 2020 offers buses with high safety and luxury standards, with comfortable seats and compatible with Euro 6 emission standards, making them the first of its kind in the MENA region. The buses are designed to provide high-end services to transit users through high-end finishing works. By deploying these high-quality buses over a wide geographic coverage, RTA wishes to make public transport the ideal choice of mobility for Expo visitors.
Taxis and limousines
RTA deploys 15,000 taxis and limousines to serve the emirate and visitors. They include 9,710 taxis and 5,681 limousines, which can be booked through Uber and Careem email services. RTA added 10 vehicles to serve determined people at the Expo 2020 site.
Taxi initiatives include the Automated Taxi Deployment System, which secures the required number of taxis at the Expo 2020 site. In addition, there is an initiative to pay the price of the taxi through the electronic wallet at the airport. using Alipay app and QR code service, without using credit card payment devices. The service is aimed at tourists and foreign visitors. Initiatives also include Hala for booking taxis using bus arrival touchscreens that integrates with the Careem app for booking taxis.
Mobility and traffic management
Company command and control center: The Enterprise Command and Control Center (EC3) is one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated control centers in the use of intelligent technologies. It controls and integrates RTA’s various public transport systems (metro, tram, bus, taxis and river transport), and links several traffic control centers. Thus, it allows efficient planning of mobility trips in addition to facing the various challenges of public transport. The EC3 plays a key role in the monitoring of multimodal transit systems in the emirate, as well as in the management of incidents, crises and events related to roads, transport and traffic.
Dubai Smart Traffic Center: It is one of the most sophisticated control centers in the world in terms of the technologies used. This is an essential pillar of the road safety strategy as well as the plan to expand the use of intelligent traffic systems and to support current and future means of public transport. It responds to the enormous expansion that the Emirate is experiencing and the demands of hosting major exhibitions such as Expo 2020. The center is vital for handling traffic on Dubai’s road network.