Jul 3, 2024

Cincinnati Metro and Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority Sign MoU to Enhance Mass Transit Technologies

MoU strengthens efforts to provide exceptional public transit services.
Cincinnati/Dubai— Leadership from Cincinnati Metro and Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) convened to discuss strengthening relations and to sign a collaborative Memorandum of Understanding. This agreement covers various transit initiatives, including roads, integrated and user-friendly mobility applications, connected and real-time mobility systems, and autonomous transport. 

During the meeting, representatives from both organizations shared best practices in public transportation, modern and sustainable systems, and expanding current and future mobility services. They expressed a common vision to transform their regions into international hubs for commerce and tourism, aiming to position each among the world's top living destinations. 

In the presence of officials from both sides, Darryl Haley, CEO and General Manager of Metro, and Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA Public Transport Agency, signed an MOU. The MOU includes fostering joint efforts to enhance performance, streamline transactions, improve customer service, and maintain communication to achieve common interests. The agreement also calls for exchanging technical knowledge and expertise and sharing information and studies beneficial to both parties. 

The partnership marks the beginning of a collaborative approach between two organizations with extensive experience in developing transportation systems, environmentally friendly mobility solutions, and transit-related infrastructure. 

Metro representatives, including Blake Ethridge, Interim Chair of Metro Board of Directors; Darryl Haley, CEO and General Manager; Khaled Shammout, Chief Strategic Planning, Development & Innovation Officer; and Brandy Jones, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, also participated in comprehensive tours of key RTA facilities. These facilities included the Dubai Intelligent Traffic Systems Centre, Al Quoz Bus Depot, and the Enterprise Command and Control Centre. During these tours, RTA briefed them on intelligent traffic systems, the latest practices and technologies in public transportation, bus network expansion, and the new generation of bus stations, highlighting their integration with various public transport modes.

"We have seen substantial ridership growth and transit-related infrastructure investment in our Midwestern city, resulting in record ridership recovery and growth,” said Blake Etheridge, Interim Chair of the Metro Board of Directors. “This exciting collaboration with Dubai’s RTA, a globally renowned system known for innovation and transformation, marks a new era of transit partnerships that span the globe.” 

"We will explore opportunities to develop public transport, focusing on transport technology and innovation, system integration, outsourcing bus services, engaging the private sector, and sharing best practices in planning and designing bus stops and facilities,” said his excellency, Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA. “We will also explore mutual benefits from advanced public transport planning methods and the use of modern software."
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