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RTA to spend $126m on expanding Dubai’s public bus fleet



We love a good bus ride. It’s like going on a great adventure with different people every day. And, in an effort to increase the availability of buses in the city, Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a contract worth AED465 million for the procurement of 316 multi-size buses.

The addition will see the RTA’s bus fleet rise to 2,085 by 2019.

Speaking on the news, Mattar Al Tayer, the director-general and chairman of the RTA, 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.”

Al Tayer added that the contracts cover the procurement of 143 deluxe VOLVO coaches boasting of luxurious and high-quality standards. The buses will be deployed to cope with the expansion of inter-city bus service to Abu Dhabi and northern cities.

The contract also includes 79 double-deck MAN buses that will serve urban areas with high-density riders, in addition to 94 medium-size OPTARE buses that will serve new communities with the aim of widening the geographical coverage in Dubai and improving occupancy rates.

The addition comes just days after the RTA launched a service, MVMANT, which allows commuters in the Al Barsha and Al Warqaa area to hail a bus (yes, an actual bus) in their area.

Free to download on both iOS and Android devices, the app allows passengers to flag a feeder bus that will collect them from their current location and shuttle them to one of the pre-selected destinations in the area.

The app is completely free to use and users have the option to pick their desired seat when making the booking.

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