Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Stupid, stupid me.
For a long time I've been complaining that the RTA is making it more difficult for motorists to get around when they should be making it easier.
Today I was reading the news that the trams we were threatened with some time ago are for real and work will start in January. Initially the trams will run for 15 kilometres along Al Sufouh Road from Madinat Jumeirah to Dubai Marina, and around both sides of the Marina. The route is shown very well in this Gulf News graphic:
Thanks largely to Salik these roads are jammed solid morning and evening already. Losing a third of the road space to a tramline - plus the inevitable closures & diversions while the work is being done - will make it all but impossible.
Then a blinding flash. The light came on. The penny dropped. It all suddenly became clear.
Why I haven't seen the blindingly obvious for so long I don't know.
It's to make driving difficult to the point of impossible.
That's the plan. Always has been. I simply didn't see it.
I stupidly thought the integrated traffic plan included private cars. It obviously doesn't.
It's so simple. Make it so frustrating, so annoying, so time-consuming to use a private car and we'll all have to use the Metro/tram/buses/ferries.
The plan is simply to drive us all off the roads completely.
An RTA official is quoted as saying: "The tram project will encourage people in these posh areas to use alternate mode of transport instead of personal cars."
Encourage? We'll have no option.
By the way, I'm sure I must have raised the point when I talked about a tramline in a posting ages ago - can you imagine the danger, the chaos with Dubai's motorists and trams on the same road?