Transport experts suggest raising Salik tolls to encourage drivers to use the Metro when it opens…
Would you only use the new Metro system if you had no choice? Well, that’s what experts in Dubai seem to think.
Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, associate professor at Middlesex University in Dubai, announced yesterday that charging motorists extra for travelling along the emirate’s busiest highways will encourage them to use Dubai Metro.
“Once the metro system comes the tolls on crowded roads should be substantially hiked, otherwise there will be no incentive for people to make the switch,” he said.
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dubaiexpatforumdotcom Mar 09, 2009 07:05 am
This has been tried in many countries around the world and quite frankly raising the price of motoring will not encourage the majority of commuters to make the change.
The academics are failing to add the value of convenience to their sums. It is only when the cost of travel is more expensive than their time will they make the switch.
When petrol prices increased last year in the UK for example it did not stop people using their cars, merely they drove more economically to conserve fuel. This resulted in longer journeys at slower speed, resulting in greater traffic.
The solution is not in making alternatives less financially viable but making the new options more attractive in themselves. Only by doing this will the Metro truly succeed over the motor car. Commuters need to be able to get to/from the metro station from both their place of work and their home. There needs to be adequate parking at residential stations and good follow-on public transport in the business districts. Each station should have a bus station and a taxi rank and each residential station should have good parking facilities and adequate access to cope with morning and evening traffic - people will still use their cars to get to the stations and the access to the stations should not block the flow of traffic for non-staition users or result in massive traffic jams as people try to park - otherwise again people will just turnaround and drive instead.
Increasing the toll is not, and never will be the answer!