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In Dubai, Mobile phones to pay for Metro ticket

world Updated: Jul 29, 2009 16:33 IST

Commuters using Dubai Metro, which starts its service from September 9, will eventually be able to pay fares using their mobile phones, the city's transport authority on Wednesday said.

Roads and Transport Authority is working on a system to allow passengers with a special chip fitted to their phones to pay by just putting the phones to the card-reading machines at all stations, Khaleej Times reported.

Paymen Younes Parham, the director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at the RTA, told the daily that the commuters will be able to use the earlier announced Gold Card, Silver Card and the Red Ticket from September 9 while the Blue Card and the passes will be introduced later.

The official said that the cards will be made available before September 9. "We are trying to ensure that the cards are available for commuters before September 9, may be a week before it," he said.

The RTA had launched the cards in June as a mode of unified payment system for the Metro and buses. The authorities said that between 500 and 1,500 people are working at each of the stations to ensure they were ready on schedule. There are 29 stations along the Red Line.