A futuristic elevated rail system could become the next addition to Dubai’s transport network.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Skytran, which specialises in the development of suspended transport systems.
Skytran's passenger vehicles are lightweight and compact and have a cruising speed of 100mph. Proprietary Magnetic Wings allow vehicles, which are electric, producing zero emissions and allowing for high energy efficiency, to move along the track on a cushion of air.
Supported 20/30 feet above the ground, the system can transport more people than a six-lane highway, while the small vehicles mean the infrastructure required has minimal ground footprint - using small concrete foundations and support poles just every 50 metres. The track is fabricated and assembled off-site in advance.
Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Rail Agency, RTA, said: “The signing of this MoU highlights RTA’s continuous efforts to team with global specialist firms in developing advanced public transport technologies capable of attracting more riders by offering them safe, fast and luxurious transit experiences, besides curbing traffic congestion in the city.
“One of these solutions is developing Sky Pod units operated by ‘Maglev’ technology, which are characterised by their safety and speed as well as the saving much of the resources associated with the daily mobility of people.”
John Cole, CEO of Skytran, added, “We are excited to sign this MoU with RTA and play an active role in realising RTA’s ambitious projects and initiatives in the field of public transport.”
The MoU will help towards the Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy, which is aimed at converting 25 percent of total mobility journeys in the emirate into driverless journeys by 2030.
Abu Dhaib's Miral announced signed an agreement in 2016 with Skytran to explore introduing the transportation system on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island. The memorandum of understanding launched the study and implementation of Skytran.
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