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27.11.08

BUSES PURCHASE * UAE - RTA approves Dh8b deal to buy 1,616 hi-tech buses

Khaleej,Dubai --MENAFN/Khaleej Times (Amman,Jordan) -23 Nov 2008: -- The Board of Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has approved a Dh8.6-billion deal to purchase 1,616 highly sophisticated buses from five suppliers... Claiming it to be the biggest bus purchase deal ever made worldwide, CEO of the Public Transport Agency of the authority Essa Abdul Rahman Al Dosari said the number of buses operating in Dubai would increase to 2,500 when these buses arrive in 2009, enabling the widest possible geographical coverage of the emirate... The new buses would be roomy, comfortable, sturdy and safe. They would include standard buses, double-deckers and articulated buses of various sizes and designs, but all fitted with the highest safety and security features. The onboard features would include announcement of next stop, statistics about passengers, a global positioning system (GPS) to track buses by the RTA control centre, and internal and external display monitors. They would be fitted with highly technological engines (Euro IV) compatible with the highest environmental standard, I-shift (automated mechanical) transmission system and electronic stability programme (ESP) vehicle braking system, providing a comfortable and safe travel for passengers and a fuel-efficient process...

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