Commuters stand a chance to win prizes on Public Transport Day on November 1
Dubai: It’s that time of the year again to leave your car at home and use public transport to go to work. And now, regular public transport commuters stand a chance to bring home Dh50,000, officials said.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) urged residents of Dubai to use various forms of mass transit on November 1 in celebration of Public Transport Day.
“The RTA has set aside a sum Dh100,000 for two winners; Dh50,000 each. The two winners will be selected from a pool of the most frequent riders of public transport means,” said Abdullah Yousuf Al Ali, CEO of Public Transport Agency and Head of Public Transport Day Committee at the RTA.
The public transport includes the metro, tram, and public buses as well as marine transit modes such as the water bus and water taxi.
The current edition of the event will also feature a contest named: the ‘Scavenger Hunt.’ Here, 20 teams of RTA public transport users will be selected, each team comprising three to five individuals.
“To participate in the contest, each team has to work out a strategy for amassing the largest number of points as quick as possible in order to rank among the winners. Three winning teams will be named and rewarded in Dubai Ice Rink of the Dubai Mall; where other fun contests will be run on the Public Transport Day. Participants have to take Selfies with the name of the station on the background,” Al Ali said.
Contestants should use seven starting points for starting their journeys namely: Burjuman M/S, Mall of the Emirates M/S, JBR Tram Station, Dubai Marina Water Taxi Station, Al Ghubaiba Water Taxi Station, Al Ghubaiba Bus Station, and Ibn Battuta Bus Station.
The Public Transport Day initiative aims at displaying the role of the emirate in supporting efforts towards improving the environment, achieving sustainable development, encouraging residents to use mass transit means, and improving ridership levels.
During the Public Transport Day’s festivities, the RTA will honor 50 best drivers and franchise companies operating under the tutelage of the RTA as part of the authority’s annual Taxi Excellence Award.