US-based Hyperloop One is planning to operate a high-speed service to Expo 2020 venue by the time the event opens, with pods running every 10 seconds and carrying 15,000 passengers per hour per direction, a company executive has said.
In November, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) signed a deal to explore the potential for developing a Hyperloop link to neighbouring Abu Dhabi.
The futuristic mode of transport involves using magnets to levitate pods inside an airless tube, creating conditions in which the floating pods shuttle people and cargo at speeds of up to 1,100 kilometre per hour (kmph).
In September, RTA awarded the contract for 15-km Route 2020, the extension of Metro Red line from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to Expo 2020 site, will start operating on May 20, 2020.
“We would like to see people riding on a hyperloop to Expo 2020,” Gulf News quoted Colin Rhys, creative director, Hyperloop One, as saying.
"We are ready to deliver well before 2020. The technology is ready and all we need to do is put things together. Though we still haven’t finalised the exact route, we will most certainly serve the Expo."
The company and RTA are working on launching an intra-Dubai route that may run parallel to Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road (E311), as it studies details on the route between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The hyperloop network is expected to reach almost 40 kilometres compared to 20 kilometres in November.
The 20-kilometre tube will have two lines going out in each direction and a large facility in the centre, which will be used for regulatory testing and passenger experience trials.
“The idea is to have a main line running along the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road all the time at 1,100 kmph, which is eventually going to run down to Abu Dhabi,” Rhys said, adding the acceleration and de-acceleration loops will connect areas such as Dubai South and Downtown Dubai.
These loops will run at lesser speeds and connect people to metro stations, a tram or a bus.
The feasibility study is in its fifth week now is also exploring ways to integrate with the existing master plans for 2020 and 2030, the newspaper reported.
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