By Elsa Baxter
A new personalised metro card for commuters will be available in few weeks.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will launch a new personalised metro card for commuters in the next few weeks, officials said.
The Nol Blue Card will be registered with the RTA and carry a person’s photograph and personal details, so it can only be used by them.
Nol Silver and Gold cards will still be available to use for journeys on Dubai Metro.
"The Nol Blue Cards, which will be launched in a few weeks, are personalised cards aimed at protecting the users from any misuse of their metro fare cards," Abdullah Al Madani, CEO of the Corporate Technical Support Services, RTA, told Gulf News.
People will be able to apply for Blue Cards in metro stations and RTA customer service centres at first, and then online from November, the paper reported. The cards are delivered by courier.
Al Madani told the paper that discounted fares for students, the elderly and people with disabilities will be brought in from the second quarter of next year at the same time as monthly Nol tickets, when the metro will be fully operational.
Welcome to new idea of making money RTA. Elderly & Disable people should wait till RTA recover their losses. Personalised cards sent by courier how much? Have you all gave anything free to Expats( we don't expect anyway), squeezzz them out till they go out.
It is not easy to build, operate, and educate everyone at the same time. Something as large as this is usually implemented in stages so as not to confuse everyone incuding the thousands of operators on the ground who also have to deal with nagging and whining as your statement has reflected. No mass transport such as this will ever ever make a profit or even break even, at best will cover 30% of operational costs. SO yes.. using the metro is almost free to you and everyone living here, including expats. Now that Dubai has done it, soon all other cities will follow suite to compete, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Jeddah, etc.... Be proud that you are part of this achievement. an Expat.