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Comment by waqas
2008-06-07 15:14:23

You never mentioned anything about the public transport system in Dubai on your blog.

Public transport (buses, subways, etc) goes a long way in reducing traffic congestion. It has the same effect as carpooling, but on a much larger scale. Mass transit is more efficient, better organized, predictable, better for the environment, and cheaper, compared to both carpooling and taxis.

Comment by umar
2008-06-07 19:53:59

I never mentioned it because it doesn’t exist. Not a decent one at least, something that is reliable. Dubai Metro is under construction until September 2009. I have already written a lot about taxis. Buses are even worse. I did write about my experience of traveling by bus during my early days in Dubai.

Comment by waqas
2008-06-08 08:54:59

That seems to be a rather severe oversight by the Dubai authorities, given the kind of traffic problems Dubai has…

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Comment by umar
2008-06-08 09:11:42

True that… that’s what you get for rapid growth without having the resources to keep up with it.

Comment by Sheza
2008-07-04 19:49:15

well increasing the number of taxis instead of encouraging carpooling would kill their environment. plus, carpooling lanes should encourage colleagues and friends to go together. big deal if they’re like private taxis. even by banning private taxis, the traffic issues will not disappear.


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