Dubai Future Transport Council meets to review future of transport sector
Posted: 21 July 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The Council met to discuss global coronavirus measures put in place on public transport, as well as future scenarios for the Dubai transport sector.
Matar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), recently chaired a virtual meeting of the Dubai Council for the Future of Transport to review the global practices that have been put in place to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in the public transport sector.
The meeting discussed the procedures followed by the RTA in dealing with the crisis, which included cleansing and sterilisation, protecting users and employees, and applying physical spacing in stations and on transport modes, and compared these to other global measures.
Experts unanimously agreed that the ‘degree of readiness’ of the global transport sector in dealing with the pandemic was originally four out of ten, and that the Dubai transport sector was close to the level of response of developed countries such as Taiwan and Singapore.
The meeting discussed the challenges brought about by the crisis and how to overcome them, as well as reviewing future opportunities and expected changes in the field of transport after the pandemic. The Council also reviewed studies which indicate there will be an increase in trips made through flexible means of transport and self-driving vehicles, and members calculated future scenarios for the next stage of recovery.
Al Tayer praised the ideas and initiatives presented by members of the Council, which he said all centred around good leadership and better preparation for anticipating and identifying future challenges, as well as keeping pace with the rapid changes taking place in the field of transport.
It should be noted that the Dubai Future Transport Council is one of 13 councils within the Dubai Future Councils, which are supervised by the Dubai Future Foundation.
Matar Mohammed Al Tayer