VIDEOS: RTA disinfects metro, trams, buses, taxis to fight COVID-19
The authority has sterilised 47 Dubai metro stations, 79 metro trains, 11 trams, 1,372 buses, and the Dubai Taxi fleet
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority, along with the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and the Ministry of Interior, has completed the sterilisation of all 47 Dubai metro stations, 79 metro trains, 11 tram stations, and 11 Dubai trams, in line with the National Sterilisation Programme to sterilise all public transport means and facilities.
The RTA has also completed the sterilisation of 1,372 buses and is currently working on sterilising five bus depots and 17 bus stations.
عمليات هيئة الطرق والمواصلات في دبي لتعقيم سيارات الأجرة.— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 27, 2020
Dubai’s RTA sterilises taxi fleet pic.twitter.com/SLZYD4vxWj
In addition, the sterilisation efforts covered the entire fleet of Dubai Taxi, including limousines and shared transport such as smart rentals operating in Dubai, which exceed 17,000 vehicles.
The precautionary steps taken by the RTA are aimed at maintaining the health and wellbeing of all passengers across all modes of transport, including land transport, sea transport, the metro, and tram.
The director general and chairman of the board of executive directors at the RTA, HE Mattar Al Tayer, noted that since a large number of passengers use public transport in the emirate, the public’s cooperation is critical to overcome challenges and ensure measures taken by the UAE government to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) are implemented meticulously.
RTA has deployed about 1,000 cars from Dubai Taxis and franchise companies during the National Sterilisation Programme. All of these vehicles have been sterilised.
عمليات هيئة الطرق والمواصلات في دبي لتعقيم الحافلات العامة.— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 27, 2020
Dubai’s RTA sterilises bus fleet. pic.twitter.com/5r1f7LH1Xq
The authority ceased Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, and marine transport services during the National Sterilisation period, which was held from 08:00 pm to 06:00 am on 26-28 March.
During the National Sterilisation days, all public transit means operated normally from 07:00 am to 07:00 pm while taxi services were offered via Careem and Uber apps.
The public bus fleet operated on 13 routes, which served 19 public and private hospitals
The RTA has called on public transit riders to cooperate with supervisors deployed at stations, metro and tram carriages, as well as drivers of public buses and taxis.
Passengers are also urged to use personal protective equipment while riding public buses or moving around public areas.