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FAMCO receives order for 373 city buses for Dubai in the largest ever purchase of Euro VI city buses in the Middle East Region

In Volvo’s largest chassis order to date in Dubai, and the largest ever purchase of Euro VI city buses in the Middle East region, FAMCO and Volvo Buses have been selected as the supplier of 373 city buses to Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

The RTA’s contract to purchase 373 Volvo SB3 buses along with a 10-year maintenance contract with FAMCO's newly created buses division, is in support of Dubai’s mobility plan and to cope with the rising number of public bus riders.

It will be the first time that the new Euro 6 standard-compliant buses will be operated in the MENA region.

The contract signing took place on the sidelines of UITP Summit in the Swedish capital Stockholm. HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, RTA, and Håkan Agnevall, President, Volvo Bus Corporation, signed the contract in the presence of representatives from FAMCO, Volvo and RTA.

“The procurement of these new buses is part of RTA’s strategy to improve Dubai’s public transport services in the Emirate and meet the sustained growth of public transport riders. It serves RTA’s efforts to raise the share of public transport ridership to 26% by 2030. We firmly believe that achieving this target hinges on providing high-quality public transport services at affordable fares, expanding the geographical coverage of public transport network, and boosting the integration of mass transit modes,” said Al Tayer.

Safety and Luxury

Each bus can accommodate 74 riders and is fitted with interactive touch screens to display instant information about the journey. Buses are also equipped with Raqeeb (Driver Behaviour Monitoring) System to track drivers’ exhaustion by using innovative technology to enhance bus safety standards. They also have Rasid (Automated Passenger Counting) System to record the actual number of passengers and match it with the Automated Fare Collection System.

Competitiveness

“We are very proud and grateful for the confidence the RTA once again places in Volvo. This tender was evaluated based on total cost of ownership comparison, including fuel and operational costs, and Volvo came out as the most competitive alternative. The order is a recognition of the value we deliver to the RTA”, said Håkan Agnevall.

“The Euro 6 Volvo B8RLE is a well-proven platform globally and continues to set the industry standard for fuel efficiency, drivability and lifecycle costs,” he added.

“During the procurement process, RTA was keen to ensure that these buses are compatible with European Carbon Emission Standards, which are in line with RTA’s efforts to protect the environment and enhance power efficiency. These features contribute to reducing carbon footprint as well as safety and environmental sustainability; which are part of RTA’s strategic goals,” said Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency.

The buses have low-entry floor to ease the movement of people of determination. Other features include premium interiors with luxury ergonomic seats and comfort accessories like USB charging, children-dedicated seats, and WiFi service; all of which contribute to offering better transit experience to public transport users.