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Bus passengers on Sharjah's public bus network in the United Arab Emirates soon will be able to use a smart card to pay their fares, an official from the Sharjah Public Transport Corp. tells CardLine Global. "The smart cards are rechargeable and can be used over any period of time," he says. "Passengers will have to insert their smart cards into a reader, which will deduct the fare automatically." According to the official, consumers may buy the card for 4 dirham (US$1, 70 euro cents), and they can recharge them with any amount above 20 dirham each time. "The card can be bought at our bus stations and other select locations in Sharjah," the official says. According to the official, Sharjah Public Transport will set up the electronic fare-payment system in partnership with Kuwait-based KGL Co., which is franchised to run the public buses in Sharjah. In September, the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai launched the Nol smart card, which consumers can use in Metro trains and buses in Dubai.

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