Dubai's RTA buys 125 new school busesAugust 13, 2017, 6:15 am GMT
Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority has purchased 125 new school buses to cope with growing school transport activity in the emirate.
More than 10,000 students are expected to use the buses, managed by Dubai Taxi Corporation, during the 2017/18 academic year, compared to 7000 students during 2016/17.
Ninety-five of the new buses will have 22 seats, while 20 buses will have 58 seats, and 10 buses will have 35 seats. All buses are environment-friendly and fitted with hi-tech monitoring and tracking systems for students and buses. Devices installed on-board the buses include surveillance cameras, sensing system to ensure that the bus is clear of students, an emergency button for communicating with the Control Centre, GPS tracking system for buses and students, RFID system, and an automated engine fire-suppression system.
Commenting on the growth in RTA's school transportation division, the authority's director general Mattar Al Tayer said: "Lifting millions of students every day, the school transport is considered one of the key public transport sectors in the world. Through widening its school transport activity, the RTA is seeking to provide safe and smooth mobility for all students of different ages. It aims to be a pioneer in offering excellent and safe school transport services, and encourage parents to have their children lifted to and from schools by school transport buses rather than private vehicles. Through this strategy, the RTA would be able to support the UAE Education Strategy 2020, improve the school transport service in Dubai, and strike a balance between supply and demand.
According to Al Tayer, there are 5,9222 school buses registered in Dubai. The number of school buses are anticipated to rise to as many as 7,600 buses by 2020 and double up to 14,400 buses by 2030.
RTA, which entered the school transport business through the DTC during the 2015/16 academic year, is seeking to raise its school bus fleet to about 650 buses by 2024, Al Tayer added.
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