RTA announces progress of major sterilisation programme for public transport systems
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has completed the sterilisation of the Dubai Metro and the Dubai Tram. This includes all 47 metro stations, 79 trains, 11 tram stations and Dubai Trams.
The RTA also notes that the sterilisation of 1,372 buses has been completed and work is underway on sterilising five bus depots and 17 bus stations. The sterilisation covered the entire fleet of Dubai Taxi, limousines and shared transport (smart rental) operating in Dubai, which exceed 17,000, as per the RTA.
“We are working to implement the directives of the leadership to ensure maximum levels of prevention and community protection. In cooperation with various stakeholders, RTA has ensured the highest safety and security standards in its efforts to safeguard public transport users,” said Mattar Al Tayer, the director general and chairman of RTA executive directors board.
He remarked that the RTA is working around-the-clock to implement the government’s instructions and follow the guidelines of the MoHAP and the World Health Organisation, as part of its aim of ensuring the safety of all passengers and reducing the risks of the spread of the virus to zero percent. Al Tayer also said that he hoped the world will safely tide over challenges arising from the pandemic, noting that the UAE has intensified its preventive measures.
All precautionary steps taken by the RTA with regard to Dubai’s public transport are aimed at maintaining the health and wellbeing of all passengers across all modes of transport, including land transport, sea transport, the metro and tram, he explained.
He added, since a large number of passengers use public transport in the emirate, exceptional measures and the public’s cooperation are critical to overcome challenges and ensure measures adopted by the country’s institutions and authorities against the pandemic are implemented meticulously.
According to a statement, the RTA had deployed about 1,000 taxis of Dubai Taxis and franchise companies during the programme. The vehicles are all said to have been sterilised.
The RTA notes that it ceased the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram and marine transport services during the Disinfection program period from 8pm to 6am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. During the National Sterilisation days, all public transit means operated normally from 7am to 7pm, while taxi services were offered via Careem and Uber apps.