By Falah Gulzar
To continue to improve traffic flow on campus, American University of Sharjah (AUS) is conducting a study and implementing new strategies.
According to Fadi Al Seid, Project Management Office Manager at AUS, a special consultant is conducting comprehensive research throughout the campus. The expert installed 12 cameras to analyze traffic patterns, the results of which will be used to implement strategies that will improve traffic flow at AUS.
Some students and faculty members have been curious about the new equipment put up around the campus. Seid revealed that those cameras are being used to monitor peak traffic timings, determine the busiest entrances, and count the number of cars that enter American University of Sharjah on a daily basis.
“This will help us collect real numbers,” he said.
He said AUS has been facing the challenge of traffic flow with many cars lining up at the gates during busy hours of the day.
According to Seid, the study will last for about a year and will end in summer of 2017. A new road scheme will be designed and constructed accordingly.
Recent traffic changes included the extension of parking areas during the summer, and the installation of automatic barriers at some parking lot entrances.
“The barriers use the latest technology and maintain a gap of one-and-a-half seconds between each vehicle, which should help foster a quick and smooth flow of traffic,” said Seid.
A new parking lot next to the AUS Sports Complex and four new bus stations have also been added to the campus.
“We are trying to encourage students to use buses and enhance their experience,” Seid emphasized.
Falah Gulzar is a student at American University of Sharjah.
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