By Samir Salama, Associate Editor www.gulfnews.com
Abu Dhabi: The fares for public bus services across Abu Dhabi will be increased by up to 100 per cent as of November 1 to stop misuse of the network, a senior official told Gulf News on Wednesday.
Fares were previously just Dh1 and officials spoke of how often passengers don’t bother to pay the fare.
By increasing the fare from Dh1 to Dh2, and adding a fully automated collection service, officials hope to make sure bus journeys are paid for.
The automated service is planned to be similar to the Nol card system on Dubai’s Metro where a card is scanned showing when passengers enter and leave stations and the distance they travel.
The new fare structure unifies public transport tariffs throughout the emirate, making it Dh2 within Abu Dhabi city, while in the suburbs the tariff will start from Dh2 in addition to 5 fils per km, with Dh5 being the average, said Saeed Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, General Manager of the Bus Office at the Department of Transport. More info