RTA to expand fleet with $127m Euro 5 and Euro 6 buses

An agreement for 316 buses has been signed between representatives from the RTA, Volvo, MAN, and Optare

Dubai's RTA has signed an agreement with Volvo, MAN, and Optare to procure Euro 5 and Euro 6 buses [representational image].
Dubai's RTA has signed an agreement with Volvo, MAN, and Optare to procure Euro 5 and Euro 6 buses [representational image].

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a contract to procure more than 300 Euro 5- and Euro 6-compliant buses.

The deal will see RTA receive 316 multi-size buses, which are expected to cost around $126.5m (AED465m). 

Included within the contract are 143 deluxe Volvo coaches, which will be used for the expansion of inter-city bus services to Abu Dhabi and northern cities.

The contract also includes 79 double-deck MAN buses to serve urban areas with high-density riders, in addition to 94 medium-size Optare buses to widen network coverage in Dubai and improve occupancy rates. 

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Volvo's inter-city coaches are fitted with Euro 6 engines, with each able to accommodate 55 riders. The units also feature an automated hydraulic lift to serve People of Determination, in addition to internet services. 

MAN's Double-Deck bus can accommodate 100 riders. Meanwhile, Optare's mid-size buses will debut in RTA's fleet as part of the agreement. 

RTA said Optare's buses, each of which can fit 33 riders, were meant to offer a wider coverage of internal areas, which are not easily accessible to large buses.

HE Mattar Al Tayer, director general of RTA, attended the signing ceremony for the buses, which took place on the sidelines of the MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition 2018, Dubai Media Office reported.

The agreement was signed by Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, chief executive officer (CEO) of RTA's Public Transport Agency; managing director of Al Naboodah Group Enterprises, Suwaidan Saeed Al Naboodah, for Optare; Khalifa Saif Al Kutbi, CEO of United Motors and Heavy Equipment for MAN; and Nigel Johnson, CEO of FAMCO, for Volvo.

Commenting on the agreement, Al Tayer 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 plan also [...] conforms to RTA’s endeavour 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% by 2030."  

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