Monday, July 02, 2007

Salik's working well then.

According to the RTA salik was going to reduce traffic on Sheikh Zayed Road by 25%.

It has, by more than that I'd say, so I'm sure they'll claim it's a great success.

What will probably be ignored by them is the fact that every other alternative road is jammed solid, as predicted by just about all of us. All of us who, according to the RTA, don't know what we're talking about as we have no experience in traffic flow, unlike the RTA which does know what it's doing.

Oh yes. The evidence about whether they know what they're doing or not is all around us isn't it.

Remember the Gulf News item back in May? Headline was "Authority dispels fears of clogged Dubai roads" and it went on to quote Engineer Maitha Obaid Bin Udai, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Traffic and Roads Agency at the RTA, as saying that the toll system would not create traffic congestion. The full story is here.

That was in response to Brigadier Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Director, General Department of Traffic, Dubai Police, saying the new road toll system will clog traffic rather than ease it. That story is here.

The Brigadier was right, we were right, the RTA got it wrong yet again. Inevitable isn't it.

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