Dubai World Central (DWC) is building a lightrail
transport system to help its residents commute within its 140-km city-in-city.
Someone should pitch up next to our high flying city promotions team and tell the eager international community that it can take up to 45 minute to travel four miles along the Hagley Road to the city on any given weekday, that public transport is shabby and erratic, that despite massive investment plans for New Street station's redevelopment there will still be only two tracks in and two tracks out, that lightrail
and tramway plans are being proposed, investigated and discarded in lightning fashion, and there is no appreciable long-term integrated transport proposal let alone a solution.
He also objects to Sullivan's approach, which is to look almost solely at numbers of a large-scale project like the MetroLink expansion while ignoring what he considers the larger social good of having a lightrail
infrastructure, creating jobs and getting more people out of their cars and pickups and into trains and busses.
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day pass for unlimited travel and cash off attractions.
I asked their manager, Clinton Billups, how many markets the show had added to its 20-odd stable; my question, he said, was "way too last century." Seems the Clever Cleaver brand is not just one show but a mosaic of "branding opportunities": cooking segs on cable, 90-sec high-def inserts for digital signals, VOD clips on handhelds, a satellite feed to health clubs, and "Kitchen Cut-Ups" episodes on video monitors on lightrail
With this in mind, Dubai's government planners are putting finishing touches on a lightrail
network to run through Dubai, linking the vast airport complex with that Emirate's Free Trade Zone at Jebel Ali.
Does this example imply that lightrail
subsidies to the poor should be abolished?
org; Seattle lightrail
, (800)201-4900, www.soundtransit.org; TriMet, (503) 238-RIDE, www.trimet.org.
According to the Web site lightrail
.com, such systems operate in 18 American cities, with four more under construction and more than 35 brand new systems approved or under active consideration.
The municipal exclusive operator, ATAC, operated in concession tram and bus services, while ACOTRAL, a consortium owned by the Municipality of Rome and other regional authorities, operated in concession metro and lightrail
services jointly with regional bus services.
Serco runs Britain's biggest lightrail
system, the Docklands Light Railway in London, for which it was named UK Rail Operator of the Year last year.
UDOT worked with the Utah Transit Authority on its TRAX lightrail
system and its fixed bus service in the Salt Lake Valley, which stretches 130 kilometers (80 miles) from Ogden to Provo.