The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the launch of a monthly subscription service to Nol Blue Card, coupled with re-partitioning of Dubai into 7 zones instead of 5 in view of the geographical expansion of districts served by Dubai Metro given the forthcoming operation of the Green Line, and the opening of new routes for public buses.
Announcing the above, His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, said, “The monthly subscription service to Nol Blue Card will be launched as of next Friday (August 12) and the monthly subscription has been divided into three tiers tailored to cater to the needs of various public transport commuters.”
Al Tayer said, “The monthly subscription to Nol Blue Card is the ideal option for commuters using public transport modes on regular basis. RTA has launched this service to encourage various community segments to uptake mass transit means through providing different types of Nol cards to serve the needs of various community spectrums.”
“The decision of rezoning Dubai into 7 zones instead of 5 is triggered by the expansion of areas covered by public transport means, particularly as the operation of the Green Line is fast approaching next September, coupled with an upsurge in public bus routes. The decision was taken following the assessment of the experimental trial phase of the system which pointed to the need of revising the perimeters of certain areas for the sake of passenger safety as it was observed that some of the Dubai Metro and public bus commuters cross expressways in order to shift from one zone to another, exposing themselves to risks of run-over accidents,” he added.
The mobility tariff using Nol card comprises 4 levels; Level (0): for a short journey not more than 3 km, Level (1): for a journey that starts and terminates within the same zone, Level (2): for a journey that starts in one zone and terminates in a neighbouring zone (two adjacent zones), and Level (3): for a journey spanning three or more zones. The Red Line stations impacted by the rezoning are limited namely; Khalid bin Al Waleed, Karama, Jafliyah, Dubai World Trade Center, Emirates Towers, Financial Center, Burj Khalifa Dubai Mall, and Business Bay stations. More info