Six new big buses to woo Sharjah commuters

SHARJAH — Sharjah Transport has introduced six new big buses on the intercity routes.

As per an agreement concluded on Tuesday, five of the new buses imported from China-based King Long Company are to be operated by the KGL Franchise Company, while the sixth is to be operated by Sharjah Transport.

Abdullah Al Zari, Director General of Sharjah Transport, said the first-of-its-kind 49-seater fleet, costing Dh3,241,000 each, started operating on the Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Khor Fakkan and Fujairah routes from August 1.

“The new buses represent the first batch of more spacious fleet to be imported this year from China.”

Abdulaziz Al Jerwan, Head of Procurement and Administrative Affairs at Sharjah Transport, said these buses matched international standards.

“The manufacturing process of the new buses lasted for six months to meet the requirements of SharjahTransport as well as to ensure international quality standards in terms of seat space, convenience and engine power.”

Adel Khalil, Sharjah IntercityTransport Manager, said the new fleet is part of an extensive plan to better connect the off-city routes for thebenefit and convenience of the public.

“The fully air-conditioned 49-seater buses with several TV screens have special sections for families and ladies.”

Sharjah Transport is currently covering all areas of the emirate with around 140 buses and 300 drivers serving 19 bus routes. “Being up to the level in terms of safety and convenience, the intercity buses are attracting more than six million passengers every year,” Khalil said, adding that the public buses make more than 250 trips every day.

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