Dubai to kick start the development of suspended transport systems
Could suspended transport be Dubai’s public transport future? A new agreement between the RTA and skyTran could facilitate this change.
John Cole, CEO of skyTran (left) and Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Rail Agency, RTA (right)
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is making relentless efforts to improve and expand public transport network in Dubai to keep pace with the sustained growth of the city, which is shaping into a premier business and service hub worldwide.
As such, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between RTA and skyTran a global company specialised in the development of suspended transport systems, in the presence of representatives from both parties. Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Rail Agency, RTA signed a MoU on behalf of RTA while John Cole, CEO of skyTran represented the company.
Younes commented: “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.”
Younes continued: “The signing of this MoU with a leading company in the field of suspended transport systems, such as skyTran, is a milestone in RTA’s efforts to introduce advanced technologies and innovative services in the field of public transport. It will enhance the integration of public transport systems, which in turn will boost the economic growth, attract more investments and improve the standard of living in Dubai.”
John Cole, CEO of skyTran, said: “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. It will also support the Government drive to rank Dubai as the smartest and happiest city in the world.”
He commended the tremendous achievements and vital projects accomplished by RTA over few years, rendering Dubai as a global icon. “RTA’s public transport network is among the most advanced systems worldwide, and Dubai can boast of infrastructure of roads, bridges and tunnels second to none worldwide,” Cole noted.
This MoU is a practical manifestation of Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy aimed at converting 25 per cent of total mobility journeys in Dubai into driverless journeys by 2030.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)