RTA Hong Kong tie-in could mean bus re-vamp

Maintenance is made a priority for future of mass transit

An integrated transport system is essential to ensure the Dubai's vaunted Metro copes with demand.
An integrated transport system is essential to ensure the Dubai's vaunted Metro copes with demand.

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Vehicle suppliers could stand to benefit following the signing of an MoU between the RTA and the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation of Hong Kong.

The agreement will see the two parties work closely together to develop and maintain Dubai’s mass transport network.

Dubai’s transport network now includes a Metro, a fleet of public buses of more than 1,420 buses, and the collection of abras, water buses, water taxi and Ferry Dubai that traverse its waterways. Keeping this network fully integrated and operational will be a major objective for the the two organisations.

According to the RTA, MTR, which has 30 years of experience in operating trains and public buses in Hong Kong, Europe, China and Australia, will help improve urban transport, planning and the management and monitoring of public transport agencies.

The two organisations will also cooperate on enhancing the role of metro feeder buses, and upgrading public transport bus services with a view to achieving integration between the metro and public buses.

The MoU was signed on behalf of the RTA by HE Mattar Al Tayer, executive director of the RTA, and David Yam, director of international business at MTR.

"The signing of the MoU comes in the context of RTA efforts to introduce best-in-class global practices in the field of mobility and transport,” said Al Tayer. "The present and future stages require focusing on operating, maintaining, managing and integrating mass transit systems efficiently, as well as qualifying nationals on these fields to be competent enough to knowledge in operating and managing public transport means at world-class standards.”

Al Tayer added, "The two parties share several common objectives and can exchange best expertise in the field of infrastructure, particularly as Hong Kong, being a small urbanised city, is an excellent example for developing the infrastructure particularly in the field of mass transport."

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