Sneaky Salik

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.

Zayed Road has two toll bridges near Al Barsha and Al Safa. The four dirham charge is also applicable for motorists driving over Al Garhoud and Al Maktoum bridges.

The Dubai Metro’s red line is scheduled to open this September, according to the Roads and Transport Authority. Stretching 52.1km, it will run from Rashidiya to Jebel Ali.

The 23.9km green line, running around Dubai creek from Al Qusais to Jedaff, is set for completion on Mar. 21 next year.

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