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Public transport leaders from Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates – presented their views and strategies in response to the pandemic.
In his welcome remarks,Mohammad Al Ali, Chairman MENA Bus Working Groupand Director of Buses Department RTA Dubai, thanked the regional members for their participation and highlighted that in order to restore the commuter’s trust we need to demonstrate that public transport services is safe to use. Practices like enforcing mandatory wearing of face mask, maintaining social distance on buses and taxis, increased sanitization of buses and public transport facilities will increase the public’s confidence.
Ayman Smadi, Director UITP MENA & CTE briefed the members about the initiatives taken by UITP for knowledge sharing during the pandemic. A series of webinars have been organized in order to bring together experts from world over to share the best practices being implemented at this crucial time. The details of publications and activities can be accessed on thededicated webpage.
Considering growing focus and increased deployment of E-buses in MENA, the Centre for Transport Excellence (CTE) has planned a series of activities to address the unique characteristics in MENA (climate, infrastructure, business models). Marwan Hussein, Researcher UITP MENA CTE presented the summary of these activities. The CTE is working on research paper to Identifying and track perceptions and attitudes, enablers and challenges. Also A Policy Paper is being developed in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) to identify “Systems approach” for deployment of electric buses in MENA.
Updates from the region:
• PT operations in MENA gradually recovering from COVID-19 impact
ITC Abu Dhabi initiatives during COVID 19: Anan Al Amiri, Lead Officer Marketing in Public Transport Sector, ITC Abu Dhabi
• ITC Abu Dhabi shared their successful initiatives in dealing with COVID-19 impact on Public Transport
E Bus pilots in MENA ongoing
Dubai E-Bus trials: Laith Mustafa Al Qasem, Senior Specialist, Maintenance and Services Department RTA Dubai
Mwasalat Misr Cairo E-Bus trial, Mohsen Sabra, Chairman Deputy Business Development Manager, Mwasalat Misr
UITP Procurement strategy – Tips for MENA
E-Bus phased approach on deployment, Maria Wedenby, City Mobility Director Volvo Buses & Stefan Widlund, City Mobility Director Volvo Buses
• UITP has developed a comprehensive framework for a systematic approach to e-Bus deployment for successful operations and procurement prerequisites, presented by Volvo
If you are a member and would like us to keep you updated on the upcoming MENA Bus Working Group activities, please contact[email protected]. If interested in MENA CTE E-bus activities, please contact[email protected].