The vice-president of the Rabat-Sale city council has announced that the new buses will be operational in the city before the start of the school term in September.
Rabat – Alsa-City Bus, a joint venture between Moroccan company City Bus and Spanish company Alsa, won the tender by public transport provider Al Assima in January 2018 to manage the Rabat-Sale public bus system.
The contract promises a MAD 10 billion investment into the bus transport system in the region (approximately $1.2 billion) over the next 15 years. The contract includes bringing over 300 new buses to Rabat-Sale.
Abdellatif Soudou, the vice-president of the Rabat-Sale city council, announced on his Facebook page on August 6 that the new buses would be operational “before the start of the school term,” in other words, the buses should be up and running by September 5. Soudou added that some buses may even start running “before Aid El Adha, if all goes to plan.”
The new Alsa-City Bus buses will replace the current fleet run by Stareo, a company that has been in financial difficulties for a number of years. Many of Stareo’s buses have smashed paneling and windows.