A Framework for the Assessment and Policy Development of Water Transit Services in Dubai, UAE

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Journal Article

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Subject Area

mode - ferry, place - asia, ridership - demand, operations - performance, operations - reliability


ferry, United Arab Emirates (UAE), increase water transit ridership


The Marine Agency-Roads and Transport Authority (MA-RTA) of Dubai-UAE recently
undertook a study to develop a new transport policy for service delivery. The goal
of the new policy is to increase rider share and use of MA-RTA services. The existing
service policy guidelines of the water transit services were barely supported by the
loading patterns, existing market coverage, adequate intermodal planning tools,
economic feasibility, and capital return of services. Based on user and operators surveys
of the water transit services, aiming at assessing the baseline conditions, methodologies
are suggested to estimate important service attributes, including service
coverage, intermodal connectivity, and market demand estimation. The estimated
service attributes were used as measures to develop the service policy standards to
increase water transit ridership and enhance service efficiency. It is recommended
to incorporate some of the service standard/guideline measures under a framework
discussed in this study for developing service plans, monitoring performance, and
providing short or long term alteration to the services.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by The Journal of Public Transportation, copyright remains with them