US firm Aecom has won a $4m contract to develop a transport masterplan for Sharjah.

The aim of the plan is to improve the emirate’s transport network, reduce traffic congestion and encourage greater use of public transport.

The contract will cover the next 22 months and will detail a transport strategy that will be implemented up until 2030. The client is the Sharjah Directorate of Public Works and the Sharjah Transport.

Neighbouring emirate Dubai is also looking to develop a transport masterplan.  

The local office of Aurecon is the frontrunner for the contract to prepare a new strategic transport masterplan for Dubai.

The study, which will be prepared for the emirate’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), covers all forms of transport in the emirate, including road, rail and water, for 2020 and beyond.

Dubai’s last transport plan was completed in 2006.