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Dubai gets hundreds of new buses

RTA announces the delivery of 476 new vehicles as part of scheme to ease congestion.

Dubai has received 476 new buses as part of an expansion programme to ease congestion, the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) Public Transport Agency announced on Monday.

The delivery is part an RTA’s agreement to procure 620 buses, costing more AED1 billion.

“RTA is seeking to raise the percentage of trips made by mass transit modes to 30 percent by 2020, and enhance the integration of public transport modes, including Dubai Metro, marine transport and others,” said Essa Abdul-Rahman Al-Dossari, chief of executive officer of RTA Public Transport Agency.

The delivery includes standard buses, articulated buses and double-decker buses

The new buses have been designed to meet the needs of disabled people, providing easy access for wheelchairs.

“Arrival of these buses coincides with the ongoing efforts of the RTA to construct air-conditioned bus shelters in more than 500 locations, with a view to provide comfort and superb service to bus commuters through protecting them from the hot weather during summer time,” Al-Dossari said.

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MOHAMMED 11 years ago

RTA efforts is appreciated. However, I have not seen a single disabled person using the new buses so far anytime, so it's quite useless and costly to provide for something which really isn't required that much. Better if the RTA concentrate on the training, enhancing, upgrading their drivers as they are quite indifferent, impolite to customers. They ply their bases of same route no. together, as if they are on a picnic and will miss the route if not moving together. Naturally revenue is lost for RTA and time for the passengers. Same goes for the air-conditioned bus shelters, to construct where actually required instead of everywhere. Just have a go in RTA bus route from Naif to Mamzaar, to see practically what I mentioned above.

MOHAMMED 11 years ago

RTA efforts are appreciated. However, I have not seen a single disabled person using the new buses so far anytime, so it's quite useless and costly to provide for something which really isn't required that much. Better if the RTA concentrate on the training, enhancing, upgrading their drivers as they are quite indifferent, impolite to customers. They ply their bases of same route no. together, as if they are on a picnic and will miss the route if not moving together. Naturally revenue is lost for RTA and time for the passengers. Same goes for the air-conditioned bus shelters, to construct where actually required instead of everywhere. Just have a go in RTA bus route from Naif to Mamzaar, to see practically what I mentioned above.