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3 Million is the Number of Day
3 Million can mean a lot of things, but for the RTA it signifies the number of NOL cards sold since 2009.
July 16, 2011 12:00 by Eva Fernandes
3 million. That is how many NOL cards have been sold since the debut of the Dubai Metro roughly 2 years ago.
And as this piece from Gulf News suggests, it is pretty impressive feat; though probably not as impressive as they would like to make it out to be. Kipp wonders how many of the 3 million NOL cards were the Red-NOL cards that are popular amongst tourists and visitors of Dubai (speaking of which it is about time the RTA launch a day/ week pass)?
But don’t get us wrong, Kipp’s not going to belittle the accomplishments of Dubai Metro; after all it helps 150,000 passengers a day commute (a number that has substantially risen since the launch of the metro). And the efficiency of the metro is improving; in fact, Kipp’s noticed, effective June 15th, the RTA has tweaked many bus routes from metro stations, most beneficially for Kipp, if we say so ourselves.
We’ve also noticed a recent crackdown from Metro officials on those outlaws who chew gum aboard the metro. To start with there are new notifications on the screens in each cabin which warn passengers against eating, drinking and other punishable offences. And then, we’ve noticed there have been more metro officials on board, issuing fines against those who do not follow the rules. For the past two days, we have been in the presence of unsuspecting passengers being fined for chewing gum on the metro.
What is more, the Metro’s weekly paper READ has been out for about a month or so. Though the paper is a good read, Kipp’s genuinely surprised with how many passengers are reading READ and how many more place READ back into the shelves once finished.
And what with the Green Line metro testing being conducted for a good couple of weeks, it would seem like the Metro experience is only set to improve. Well, that is what we’d hope would happen to two of the four terminals that open up to the Khalid bin Al Waleed station that remain closed two years after the Metro launched!