The CEO of Rail Agency, Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) Adnan Al Hamadi, urged the public to use metro on the Public Transport Day; a key initiative recently launched by the RTA scheduled on November 1st, 2010.
He hailed the initiative, which is the first rolled on by the RTA to encourage the public to use public transport modes and benefit from the multiple advantages and features that render them trustworthy by all users at all times. The Metro is one of these means that offer commuters a convenient ride across Dubai roads, he noted.
The Dubai Metro is a key transit mode that has attracted much attention recently judging by its popularity among all segments of the community and the number of commuters served during the first year of operation which exceeded 30 million passengers. The Public Transport Day is set to further encourage non-metro users to explore the metro and taste the hassle-free ride on the metro in a safe, convenient, and enjoyable atmosphere, said Al Hamadi.
This Day is set to witness huge turn out from the public who are encouraged to use the metro. The move is poised to raise the use of mass transit modes and boost the profile of Dubai Emirate at all levels, particularly given the undergoing initiatives that seek to provide improved environment and sustainable development, added Al Hamadi.
Speaking about the key features of the Dubai Metro, the CEO of Rail Agency, said: From the moment the planning for the Metro started, we were keen on delivering a constructive and smooth service to users by all standards. These included constructing stations in the vicinity of business districts and malls to meet customer expectations, or in densely populated areas; enabling commuters to save time & effort, and relieve themselves of the hassle of driving through suddenly congested roads.
The Metro has a specific and accurate timetable which is made available to users through brochures and booklets available at each station. The work team at each station stands ready to serve users and respond to any query or provide any required information on the spot, continued Al Hamadi.
The CEO of Rail Agency urged the public to respect the applicable rules and regulations and called upon non-holders of Nol Cards to buy these cards in order to use the metro, public buses or the water buses, though the journey will be free of charge, and recommended them to buy their cards before that Day sets in to avoid congestion.
For his part Peyman Younes Parham, Director of Marketing & Corporate Communication, cautioned that the Public Transport Day does not include the monorail service shuttling within The Palm as it does not belong to the RTA, but to Nakheel Co. He also called on the public to learn how to use the Red Ticket during that Day; which is a temporary ticket that cannot be recharged and holders are allowed to use it in public buses on that Day other than other days where it is not allowed.
Peyman elaborated on the use of public buses by holders of Red Tickets stating that the use of such tickets is restricted to a bus journey between two points within one district and could not be used for traveling to another district.