The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has expanded Nol card services to cover payment of the Water Bus fare at Dubai Marina’s four stations – Marina Promenade, Marina Walk, Marina Mall and Marina Terrace.
The move is part of RTA’s efforts to streamline the use and accessibility of marine transport services to riders, the RTA tweeted on Friday.
Mansour Al Falasi, Director of Marine Transport at RTA’s Public Transport Agency, said: “Including the payment of the Water Bus fare at Dubai Marina stations to Nol card system is part of RTA’s endeavours to improve the fare collection system of marine transit modes. This is particularly relevant to the Water Bus which, from January to August 2016, transported 348,658 commuters, indicating the great demand for the service. This has prompted the RTA to consider adding the Water Bus service to the Nol system, which was restricted to the Water Bus service at Dubai Creek. The move also contributes to the implementation of RTA’s third strategic goal: ‘People’s Happiness’.”
“The Water Bus travels every 20 minutes, from 10am to 11pm, from Saturdays to Thursdays; and from 12 noon to 12 midnight on Fridays and public holidays. Each Water Bus has a capacity of 36 commuters with spaces designated for riders with disabilities. It is fitted with life jackets, a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit. It boasts of an air-conditioned interior, a dual-base low-wash structure, and comfortable seats that make the journey enjoyable,” continued Al Falasi. More info
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