Dubai's RTA signs $129m contract for 373 Euro 6 Volvo SB3 buses

Each bus can accommodate 74 riders and will be fitted with RTA's Raqeeb and Rasid systems

RTA has procured 373 Volvo buses.
RTA has procured 373 Volvo buses.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a $129m (AED474m) contract for the purchase of 373 Euro 6-compliant Volvo SB3 buses at the UITP Summit in Stockholm, Sweden. 

UAE state news agency Wam reported that the deal marks the first time Euro 6 buses would be operated in the Mena region.

RTA’s director-general and chairman of its board, HE Mattar Al Tayer, signed the deal with Volvo Bus Corp’s president, Hakan Agneval.

Each bus can accommodate 74 riders and will be fitted with interactive touchscreens to display instant info on the journey, apart from also being equipped with the RTA's Driver Behaviour Monitoring (Raqeeb) system to track driver exhaustion, and Automated Passenger Counting (Rasid) platform to record the actual number of passengers.

The buses will mach these numbers to record any fare evasion attempts.

The contract includes 10 years of maintenance services, and Al Tayer said the procurement was aimed at improving mobility in Dubai. 

He added: “The contract serves RTA’s efforts to raise the share of public transport ridership to 26% by 2030.

"We firmly believe that achieving this target hinges on providing high-quality public transport services at affordable fares, expanding the geographical coverage of public transport network, and boosting the integration of mass transit modes."

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