Dubai's RTA to spend $126m to bolster bus fleet

Roads and Transport Authority says addition of 315 buses will see its fleet rise to 2,085 buses by 2019
Dubai's RTA to spend $126m to bolster bus fleet
By Staff writer
Sat 07 Apr 2018 05:21 PM

Dubai's transport authority has approved contracts worth AED465 million ($126.6 million) for the procurement of 316 multi-size buses.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the addition of these buses will see its fleet rise to 2,085 buses by 2019.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA, said: “The procurement of the new buses is part of a master plan set out to upgrade mass transit systems in Dubai and keep them aligned with the highest global practices."

The buses are compliant with the European Emission Standards (Euro 5 and Euro 6) which reflects RTA’s commitment to conserve the environment, he added.

They are characterised by low-floor access to ease the boarding of people of determination, high-end interior finishing and roomy seats. They also boast of children-designated seats, WiFi service, and USB portals for charging smartphones as well as smart connectivity.

Contracts cover the procurement of 143 deluxe VOLVO coaches which will be deployed to cope with the expansion of inter-city bus service to Abu Dhabi and northern cities.

The contract includes 79 double-deck MAN buses to serve urban areas with high-density riders, in addition to 94 medium-size OPTARE buses to serve new communities.

Inter-City VOLVO coaches can accommodate 55 riders while the Double-Deck MAN bus can accommodate 100 riders and the OPTARE buses can accommodate 33 riders.

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