DUBAI, The Board of Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, in Dubai, chaired by Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, has endorsed contracts for the procurement of 316 multi-size buses.

These buses are compliant with the European Emission Standards featuring Euro 5 and Euro 6 buses, for the first time in the MENA region. The total cost of these buses is AED465 million and accordingly, the fleet of RTA buses will rise to 2,085 by 2019.

"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 plan also calls for providing best-in-class services to mass transit users and keeping abreast of the sustained growth of ridership of these modes. It conforms to RTA's endeavours to make public transport the ideal mobility choice of people and push the share of public transport in people mobility to as much as 30 percent by 2030.

"Achieving such objectives requires offering high-quality public transport options at affordable rates and with a wide geographical coverage. It also requires raising public awareness, transforming the culture of using mass transit means, and boosting the integration of all public transport means including buses, metro, tram, taxis and marine transit modes," he added.

Source: Emirates News Agency