Around 1.2 million Nol cards – the unified cards used by passengers on the Dubai Metro and other public transport services – were sold between August 22 last year and the end of December, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed.
And the cards, which went on sale on August 22, were used in 48 million transactions between September 9, when the system went live, and the end of the year. The largest number of transactions involved paying for bus trips, while 262,000 were related to the payment of fees in RTA car parks.
"The breakdown of users involved in journeys made with Nol cards includes more than one million passengers who used public buses, 700,000 who used the Metro and more than 12,000 who used marine transport," said Mohammed Al Mudharreb, Director of the Unified Automated Fare Collection Department (UAFC) at the RTA's Corporate Technical Support Services Sector.
"The number of commuters who used more than one transport mode in a single journey reached about a quarter of a million.
"From its inception the department has assumed responsibility for delivering best-in-class services to customers, and was keen to diversify the channels of service delivery. At the top of these channels comes the internet.
"The department has distributed 1.7 million cards among sales outlets including Metro and bus stations, RTA customer service centres, Carrefour, Spinneys, Emirates NBD and Rida Al Ansari Exchange."
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