Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said five of the stations will be at the Dubai Water Canal project, which is currently underway, and the remaining seven at the Business Bay Canal, which is scheduled to be completed by 2018. Al Tayer said the move will provide a boost to the marine transport sector.
He said: “The marine transport sector is an integral part of the mass transit network in the emirate, with an estimated 13 million passengers per annum. In view of the importance of this sector as a vital transit mode, the RTA has developed a masterplan for upgrading marine transport systems in the city, including the operation of Dubai Creek lines, a coastal line alongside the Jumeirah beaches and new islands service lines, in addition to the Business Bay and Dubai Water Canal lines.”
Al Tayer added that over the past five years, the RTA has achieved several key projects such as retrofitting 149 abra engines, revamping abra dockyards and marinas, and launching the 36-seater waterbus.