DUBAI, Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, and Jackie Trad, MP, Deputy Premier, Treasurer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait of the State of Queensland, Australia, have witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the RTA and the Transit Australia Group one of the biggest public transport companies in Australia which will remain valid for five years.

Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of the Public Transport Agency, signed for the RTA, and Michael McGee, signed on behalf of the Transit Australia Group.

The MoU provides for boosting the strategic partnership and cooperation between the two parties. It also called for sharing expertise, technical consultancies and best practices in the public transport sectors in areas of planning, designing and operating public buses in both Dubai and Australia.

The MoU also calls for exchanging technical visits of delegations for familiarisation with public transport experiences, joint mobility, design and scheduling of network lines, and bus management and operation.

"The two parties share many objectives and can share the best practices in planning, operation and maintenance of buses. According to the MoU, the two parties will benchmark public transport between Dubai and Brisbane and the development of sustainable public transport. Examples include express buses on dedicated lanes, electric buses, modern technologies for charging batteries and share expertise in planning and operating the transit of visitors during major events, like Expo 2020," Al Tayer said.

Jackie Trad praised the sweeping development seen by Dubai, especially the infrastructure of public transport, which plays a key role in the mobility of Dubai residents. He stressed the importance of the MoU as it avails the two parties the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge and familiarise themselves with the highest global standards.

Source: Emirates News Agency