16,000 more commuters avail of free transport in Dubai


By Staff  www.khaleejtimes.com

Promoting public transport in Dubai, the city’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) celebrated the success of yet another initiative launched by the authority.

RTA’s exhibition of used books. - KT photo by Grace Guino
RTA’s exhibition of used books. - KT photo by Grace Guino

A total of 843,325 commuters used free public transport on November 1, breaking the previous record by attracting 16,000 more commuters this year.

It is worth mentioning that the number of riders registered on the Public Transport Day does not cover the riders of abras, water taxi and taxicabs. It was all about the number of riders onboard mass transit modes including the metro, public buses and water bus.

The day saw a number of events and quizzes along with information sessions, marine processions, book fair, RTA projects show, free medical checkups, and a marathon of public transit means, besides promoting RTA e-services through a robot.

“The marathon using public transport means featured the participation of five-person teams, with each team  starting prior planning of journeys using Wojhati (Journey Planner) programme through smart phones,” said Dr. Yousef Mohammed Al Ali, Head of the higher organising committee for public transport day at RTA.

“Each of the participating teams answered one of the five quizzes given to contestants at each station, and the winning team was rewarded Dh10,000 prize money, the runner-up received Dh7,000, and the third place winner walked away with Dh5,000,” added Dr. Yousef.

The senior official expressed his delight at the participation of various community members and hailed the response of public entities, educational institutions and private organisations who worked to ensure the event’s success. More info