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CAPSTMP Background and Overview

Context - Capital STMP sets out a detailed strategy and a phased implementation plan to provide the surface transport system needed to support the planned growth of the City and Region, as set out in Plan Capital 2030.  The population of the Region is forecast to increase 44% to 2.47 million people in 2030 from 1.72m in 2015.

Development - The Capital STMP was developed in close consultation with key government stakeholders and was coordinated by a Technical Committee chaired by the DoT with the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (previously UPC), Abu Dhabi Municipality, Abu Dhabi Police and Environment Abu Dhabi.  Four major workshops were held which included a wide range of other stakeholders.

Strategy – The Plan provides sustainable transport solutions that are integrated with land use and address the economic, cultural and environmental needs of the City and Region.  The plan builds upon the principles set out in the DoT’s original Surface Transport Master Plan, published in June 2009 and includes a strong focus on affordability and the potential of new technologies.  

Future Direction - In line with the 2009 Plan, the Capital STMP continues the strategy to move to a future where public transport, walking and cycling are more central to way we travel.  Private car travel will still have a major role to play in the way we move about the City, but will be subject to travel demand management measures during the critical morning and afternoon peak periods. 

Public Transport - A hierarchy will be provided to provide travel options for long, medium and short distance travel.  The core to the system will be a high capacity Metro running from Mina Zayed to YasIsland via Abu Dhabi Island.  This will be complemented by street running Light Rapid Transit in the busiest areas of the City and improvements to bus services throughout the Region.  Taxi services will continue to complement the public transport system.

Walking and Cycling - Infrastructure will be expanded throughout the City and the introduction of ferry and water taxi services will provide other alternatives for travel.  In the longer term the Region’s public transport system is designed to integrate with potential intercity rail services.  

Road Network  - Improvements will also be required and a phased program of junction improvements, road widening and some additional strategic links is also planned.  A wide range of measures are proposed to continue improving road safety and improve the quality of life for residents whilst mitigating the harmful environmental impacts of transport.