Free travel on public transport today

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By Farhana Chowdhury  www.khaleejtimes.com

DUBAI – Residents in the city holding the Nol card will be able to ride the metro, public buses and water taxis today for free as part of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)’s annual ‘Public Transport Day’.

The day is set to highlight the use of public transport, reduce road congestion and protect the environment by reducing carbon emission from vehicle exhausts. About 50 lucky commuters will also receive a top up of Dh100 of credit on their Nol cards on the day.

“The second round of Public Transport Day is being launched to increase the level of awareness and we are looking to increase the public transport ridership. Our objective is to show the public the positive side of taking the bus or metro. We hosted road shows in six universities in Dubai two weeks in advance to brief students about the modes of transportation available and to encourage them to ride them,” said Hussain Al Banna, Director of Traffic Department at RTA.

Two metro stations, Al Ghubaiba Metro Station in Bur Dubai and Union (Al Ittihad) Station in Deira, will come alive with a bevy of performances between 5pm and 9pm.  Al Banna said that both locations will have dedicated booths to promote the use of public transport and enumerate the environmental benefits of not using cars.

Al Ghubaiba station will see more local activities where performers will stage bright and lively traditional acts. Handicrafts made by people with special needs along with products made by families in coordination with the Ministry of Social Affairs will be up for sale at a traditional bazaar.

Union (Al Ittihad) station will see folk acts presented by the Philippine School, Dubai, as well as stands offering traditional ware. A 3D painter is expected to make his mark on the ground right outside the station.

New lanes dedicated to public buses around Al Mamzar Interchange and Al Naif Road will also be inaugurated today as part of RTA’s endeavour to provide smooth and convenient transportation. More info

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