Covid-19 updates

The Pubic transport sector, is going through unprecedented challenges, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We would like to congratulate our MENA members who still continue to proivde the essential services while facing new requirments and restrictions. This page is dedicated to update on the efforts and initiatives taken by our members.

 Egypt (Cairo)

  • Reduced operations: March 25 - present
  • Service suspension: 24 – 29 May, 2020 (Eid week)
  • Reduced operating hours: 5:00 AM -7:00 PM
  • Ridership: 55% drop
  • Precautionary measures:
    • Mandatory face masks
    • Disinfection of buses 6-10 times per day

 

Jordan

  • Service suspension: 17 March – 26 April
  • Reduced operations: 26 April – present
  • Precautionary measures:
    • Social distancing and passenger caps enforced
    • Masks and gloves mandatory
    • Vehicles fitted with dividers to separate drivers from passengers
  • Fleet utilization for relief: Buses used for bread delivery during lockdown

 

Buses used for bread delivery during total lockdown in Amman, Jordan ©Reuters / Muhammed Hamed

Kuwait

  • Service suspension: 12 March – 12 July (expected)
  • As of 12 March, Kuwait has halted all public transport. 
  • sectors including taxi services on 26 March until the Kuwaiti Government decided to
  • start a full lockdown on 10 May.

Morocco (Casablanca)

  • Service suspension: none
  • Reduced operations: March 21- present    
  • Ridership: ca. 90% drop
  • Precautionary measures:
    • Mandatory face masks
    • Max. train occupancy of 100 persons
    • Standing passengers not allowed
    • Disinfection of trains every 80mins
    • Disinfection of platforms every 

Disinfection of CasaTramway platform and turnstile

©: Casa Transports

Oman (Muscat)

  • Service suspension: 19 March – present
  • Fleet utilization for emergency services:
    • Patient transport
    • COVID-19 mobile testing

Saudi Arabia

  • Service suspension: 16 March – 30 May
  • Reduced operating timeframe: 31 May – present
  • Reduced operating hours: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Precautionary measures:
    • Max. occupancy: 50%
    • Social distancing: 1.5m

        

UAE (Abu Dhabi)

  • Reduced operations: 26 April - present
  • Service suspension: 26 - 29 March
  • Reduced operating hours (now): 7AM - 12AM
  • Precautionary measures:
  • Social distancing and passenger caps enforce
  • Mandatory face masks
  • Taxi: passenger limit: 2 max. in rear seats only
  • All Abu Dhabi taxis fitted with dividers to separate drivers from passengers
  • Taxi payment app developed to avoid cash and car payment 

 

          

Abu Dhabi Healthcare Link on-demand buses ©Abu Dhabi ITC

UAE (Dubai)

  • Reduced operations: 26 April - present
  • Service suspension:
  • All PT: 26-29 March
  • Metro: 5 April – 25 April
  • Tram: 5 April – 12 May
  • Waterborne, car & bike-sharing: 26 March -12 May
  • Reduced operating hours (now): 7AM - 12AM
  • Precautionary measures:
  • Social distancing and passenger caps enforced: 138 passengers max. per metro and tram: 72 per tram trains
  • Taxi: passenger limit: 2 max. in rear seats onl
  • All Dubai taxis fitted with dividers to separate drivers from passengers
  • During metro and tram suspension: Necessary trips could be made by bus (free service) or taxi (50% off)
  • Fleet utilization for emergency services:
  • 15 buses and 40 taxis dedicated for patient transport in April

Unified distancing stickers on public bus in Duba- C RTA