MAN chief recommends bus push in Emirati cities
Bus lane and road network development urged at NEOPLAN Skyliner launch
Markus Geyer, CEO of the Middle East & Africa Sales Region for MAN Truck and Bus Group, has encouraged Dubai and Abu Dhabi municipalities to improve infrastructure for public bus services.
Geyer believes that such development would not only contribute to easing traffic congestion in both cities, but would help each authority meet environmental targets.
Speaking to Construction Week at the launch of MAN’s new Fifth Generation NEOPLAN Skyliner Bus, Geyer said:
“If we want to contribute in the future we need to reduce our emissions and, Abu Dhabi, in particular, wants to build the greenest city worldwide [Masdar City] by 2015.”
Dubai has also set an ambitious target of 30% of commuters using public transport by 2020.
Geyer also said that there were key benefits in the investment in buses over train and tram lines:
“A bus lane can easily change wherever people want to get on and off, and that changes over a lifetime as cities develop and grow. Buses are much more flexible in terms of frequency, routes they drive, and it’s much more cost effective.”
The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi is already operating 400 MAN buses. It is currently conducting a trial period with a 100% gas-powered MAN Lion’s City bus.
The bus is the first to be TÜV-certified in the UAE, and is especially developed for hot countries in the Middle East. The bus is driven by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine powered by natural gas.
The new double-decker NEOPLAN Skyliner includes a lounge area, a bathroom, and a fully-equipped kitchen.