Survey of residents’ transport choices under way

The Roads and Transport Authority has started carrying out telephone surveys as well as visits to homes to gather the views of individuals and families living and working in Dubai.

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DUBAI// Residents can now have a say on how the emirate’s roads, motorways and public transport systems are designed and run.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started carrying out telephone surveys as well as visits to homes to gather the views of individuals and families living and working in Dubai.

“The RTA has tasked a specialised international consultancy firm to undertake telephone and field surveys,” Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, chief executive of RTA Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector, said.

The survey aims to identify mobility patterns of all segments of society along with key factors behind their choice of mode of transport. The information gathered will affect plans for road networks and mass transit systems, including the metro, public buses and various marine transport modes, and also the as yet unfinished Dubai Tram.

“The RTA views the public as a key partner in enhancing its transport systems since they are the beneficiaries of its various services,” said Mr Younes. “The RTA will handle in strict confidentiality personal data to ensure the privacy of respondents, be it individuals or families.”

Telephone interviews began in March while field visits will start on Monday, April 21.

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