By Staff www.emirates247.com
Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will be investing in school transport field through operating world-class buses offering transit services to students of private schools starting from next academic year 2015-2016.
Tasks of the new department include mapping out annual operation plans, drafting future programmes for school transport activity, contracting with schools in providing students transit services, and operating a bus fleet at the highest quality standards using edge-cutting technologies.
The department comprises three sections- planning and commercial affairs, bus maintenance, and bus operation.
“RTA will start operating 50 buses in the next academic year, and the number is set to rise to 650 buses by 2024,” said Al Tayer.
“Total number of students in Dubai currently is about 253,000, of whom 151,000 students (60 per cent) use school buses, and RTA is seeking to raise this proportion to 70 per cent. School transport is one of the key public transport sectors in the world lifting millions of students every day. More info