RTA participates in UITP Global Public Transport Summit
Dubai Roads and Transport Authority discusses advances in public transport at summit in Sweden
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has participated in the 63rd UITP Global Public Transport Summit held in Stockholm.
The summit, which was held under the theme of ‘The Art of Public Transport’, brought together sector experts to discuss the latest technology advances in rail infrastructure and other public transport systems.
More than 100 discussion panels were held during the summit, and the exhibition attracted more than 30,000 visitors. The RTA had a large stand to display Dubai’s public transport systems and projects and futuristic self-driving transport projects demonstrating the evolution and growth of the public transport sector in the Emirate.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, headed the RTA’s delegation at the event.
Al Tayer attended the opening ceremony, which was inaugurated by Kristoffer Tamsons, Regional Minister for Transport of Region Stockholm and Chairman of Stockholm Public Transport; Pere Calvet, President of the International Association for Public Transport, UITP; Angela Maria Orozco, Minister of Transport, Republic of Colombia; Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg; Rumaih bin Muhammad Al Rumaih, President, Public Transport Authority, Saudi Arabia, and scores of officials and specialists from all over the globe.
In a speech at the main discussion panel, Al Tayer highlighted RTA’s endeavours to lead the transformation towards self-driving transport. He cited Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy aimed at converting 25% of total mobility journeys into self-driving and smart transport journeys by 2030 from the current rate of 9%.
He also spoke about the global challenges of future mobility such as adapting the latest technological advancements to the existing infrastructure, understanding the impact of sophisticated systems on planning and the urban fabric, and sourcing the necessary funding. Among the challenges, he referred to was the offering of modern transit systems to the public at affordable rates, and ensuring the smooth migration from conventional systems to modern mobility patterns.