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RTA launches 94 eco-friendly buses in Dubai

Medium-sized buses launched in Dubai are light in weight and low on fuel consumption

RTA launches 94 eco-friendly buses in Dubai

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched 94 eco-friendly buses in the emirate.

The medium-sized buses, of Optare Brand, will be the first of their kind in the UAE and are compatible with the European Emission Standards (Euro 5).

Light in weight, the bus has a semi-stainless-steel body, and the design of the front wheels creates more room for riders. The engines are characterised by low fuel consumption and low carbon emissions, while the bus has a low-floor door for ‘people with determination’, white LED destination boards, internet service and USB charging ports.

Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors, RTA, said: “The delivery of the new batch of buses is part of RTA’s masterplan to improve public transport in Dubai and keep pace with the top international standards.”

Each new bus can accommodate 32-seated passengers and nine standing; eight seats are fitted with adjustable safety belts and one seat is designated for ‘people with determination’.

The buses will be deployed on 17 routes: eight existing routes and nine new routes highlighted by metro link bus routes, low-demand routes and routes serving residential areas which do not require the operation of large buses.

The step is aligned with RTA’s efforts to raise the percentage of public transport journeys to 26 percent by 2030.

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