The newly introduced buses will consume less fuel and emit lower carbon emission levels
8 July 2019| Last updated on 19 January 2020
Nearly 100 new eco-friendly public buses have been launched and are active in Dubai
The addition of 94 new middle-sized public transport buses, made by British company Optare, was announced by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The buses are compatible with European Emission Standards - they are light in weight and have a low level of fuel consumption.
His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, said, "The delivery of the new batch of buses is part of RTA’s masterplan to improve public transport in Dubai and keep pace with the top international standards. Our objective is to deliver best-in-class services to public transport commuters and match the sustained growth in the number of riders."
Less carbon footprints
The buses can accommodate 32 seated passengers and nine standees. Eight seats have adjustable seatbelts, and the buses have also been designed with a low-floor door for people of determination.
Internet service, USB charging ports, and LED destination boards can be found on board.
The new RTA buses will be deployed on 17 routes, eight existing ones, and nine new routes,
Mr. Al Tayer added, "The new buses will serve new districts and widen the geographical coverage of public transport in Dubai, increase the occupancy rate, and enhance multi-modal integration."
RTA has also announced that 90% of the Dubai taxi fleet will go green by 2026. This new target of environmentally-friendly taxi cars hopes to curb carbon emissions of taxis and limos.