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Source: www.rta.ae RTA’s Public Transport Agency has reported a series of violations experienced by the public transport services sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Such...
The Public Transport Agency (PTA) of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has suspended the old traditional payment system via paper tickets for bus services and introduced the Unified Fare Collection System (Nol cards) in all inter-city bus services from and to Dubai except to Abu Dhabi.
One man was killed and a woman and 15 school children were injured when a school bus collided with a stationary vehicle on Shaikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road today morning.
Imagine the scenario; you are on your way to that important interview, first day of work or meet up with friends. You hastily arrive at the bus stop just in time to catch the approaching bus. But as you step inside, the rejecting sound of the Nol card reader reminds you that the card is empty, and there is no vending machine nearby to do the top-up.
Divya, an Indian resident of Dubai was not aware of any wrongdoing, when she used her NOL card to pay for her bus trip. She even swiped her card twice; as she had not heard the confirming 'beep' that she was expecting to hear when she tried to check in the first time.
The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has noted an increase in the number of commuters taking the Dubai bus in 2011 compared to the previous year. From a 40 per cent seat occupancy rate in 2010, the number increased by one percent last year which was a significant development according to RTA Chairman of the board and executive director Mattar Al Tayer.
A total of 346.5 million passengers used public transport in Dubai last year, Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced. The passenger figures compared with 332 million passengers lifted in 2010, a 4.3 percent rise, according to the figures released by the RTA's statistics section.
In my community report published in Gulf News on September 4, 2010, I had written about the need for one more NOL card machine in the Naif Park bus stop in Deira. This bus stop is one of the biggest bus stops in Dubai. I always saw long queues in front of the NOL card machine on a daily basis.
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