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Dubai to Introduce Two Additional Toll Gates to Enhance Traffic Flow

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Salik Company PJSC (Salik), the exclusive toll gate operator in Dubai, has unveiled plans to install two new toll gates in the city. These additions, located at Business Bay Crossing on Al Khail Road and Al Safa South on Sheikh Zayed Road between Al Meydan Street and Umm Al Sheif Street, aim to optimize traffic flow and alleviate congestion on crucial routes within Dubai.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has officially tasked Salik with the installation of these toll gates, emphasizing the goal of improving traffic distribution and reducing congestion by redirecting some traffic to alternative routes with greater capacity. The selection of these locations is based on comprehensive traffic movement studies conducted by the RTA.

Scheduled to commence operations in November of this year, these two toll gates will bring Salik’s total number of toll gates in Dubai to ten. The existing toll gates are situated in Al Barsha, Al Garhoud Bridge, Al Maktoum Bridge, Al Mamzar South, Al Mamzar North, Al Safa, Airport Tunnel, Jebel Ali.

Utilizing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, each time a vehicle passes through a Salik toll gate, the system detects the vehicle and scans the Salik sticker tag, automatically deducting a toll fee of Dh4 from the motorist’s prepaid toll account.

In an effort to ease traffic congestion, the RTA anticipates that the Business Bay Crossing gate will contribute to a 12 to 15 percent improvement on Al Khail Road and a 10-16 percent reduction in traffic volume on Al Rabat Street. Similarly, Al Safa South is expected to decrease right-turn traffic volume from Sheikh Zayed Road to Meydan Street by 15 percent and optimize traffic flow on Financial Centre, First Al Khail, and Al Asayel streets.

Ibrahim Sultan Al Haddad, CEO of Salik, highlighted the significance of these new toll gates in the context of the company’s growth plan, initiated during Salik’s initial public offering in June 2022. Al Haddad emphasized that the addition of these toll gates aligns with Dubai’s Urban Plan 2040, focusing on sustainable and efficient urban growth.

Looking ahead, Salik anticipates an increase in annual revenue-generating trips with the launch of the new toll gates. Additionally, Salik’s diversification efforts include operating parking at Dubai Mall by the third quarter of 2024, leveraging automatic fee collection for ticketless parking using vehicle plate recognition and RFID technology. Charges for parking services will be deducted from Salik user accounts, contributing to the company’s overall revenue stream.

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Source Khaleej Times.

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