Dubai Metro’s fare structure will be announced by the end of the month, according to a senior spokesman for the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
Peyman Younes Perham remained tight lipped over the exact pricing of the service, but said it would be economical, UAE newspaper Khaleej Times reported on Thursday.
Speculation has long surrounded the new transport network over its cost and fare structure, especially after the launch of the Palm Jumeirah monorail, where passengers pay 15 dirhams ($4) for a one-way trip.
An RTA spokesman on Sunday refused to comment, adding: “We are unable to say anything until the ruler chooses to make an announcement. Anything that has been published surrounding fare levels on the Metro up until now has been pure speculation.”
The authorities have said fares will be based on a zone system, similar to those operated on other subway networks around the world such as the London Underground, the report added.
All the stations are expected to be divided into three zones, with passengers paying more, depending on the number of zones they travel through.
But last year RTA Chairman Mattar al-Tayer said the fare would be “less than Salik”, which is 4 dirhams. Salik is the road toll system in Dubai.
The 52.9 km Red Line of Dubai MetroDubai Metro will begin operating on Sept 9 this year, along 29 stations.
The Green Line, a more localised route, is expected to begin operations by March 2010.