Dubai: Mr. Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) witnessed the signing of three collaboration agreements with global bus manufacturers during the 64th UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Barcelona, Spain. The agreements aim to enhance public transportation sustainability in Dubai.
The first agreement was signed with German firm Daimler Buses and focuses on testing a groundbreaking bus powered by both electricity and hydrogen fuel. The evaluation will assess the viability of this innovative technology under Dubai’s specific climatic conditions. The second agreement, with renowned Swedish automaker Volvo, marks the beginning of Phase II of a technology trial involving Volvo’s electric buses, which will be tested in Dubai’s operational environment. The third agreement, involving Dutch company VDL, aims to foster knowledge exchange and experience sharing in the field of electric buses.
The RTA’s collaboration agreements with these specialized bus manufacturers highlight its ongoing pursuit of innovative transport solutions through partnerships with the private sector. By identifying potential areas of cooperation and leveraging state-of-the-art, eco-friendly technologies, the RTA aims to expedite the transformation of mass transportation management and operations. These efforts align with the strategic goals of providing smooth, safe, and sustainable transportation services in Dubai.
Through these agreements, the RTA is pushing the boundaries of sustainable public transportation, taking into account Dubai’s unique circumstances. The introduction of electric and hydrogen-powered buses offers promising opportunities to reduce emissions and enhance the efficiency of the transportation system. The collaboration with global manufacturers allows for testing and evaluation in real-world operational conditions, ensuring that the technologies meet the city’s requirements.
By embracing sustainable transportation solutions, the RTA aims to contribute to Dubai’s vision of becoming a global leader in sustainability and a smart city. These collaboration agreements mark an important step towards achieving this vision, showcasing Dubai’s commitment to innovation and its dedication to creating a greener and more efficient public transportation network.
Mr. Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, RTA stated that, “RTA is proud to have signed three strategic collaboration agreements with a host of renowned international companies specialising in sustainable transport, particularly public buses production. The decision reaffirms our steadfast commitment to transitioning all modes of mass transportation into eco-friendly and carbon-free modes by 2050.”