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Abu Dhabi’s transit evolution – automated rapid transit project kickstarts

With an ambitious drive towards a more sustainable and tech-forward transit future, Abu Dhabi’s Integrated Transport Centre (ITC), under the Department of Municipalities and Transport, is rolling out the pilot phase of its anticipated Automated Rapid Transit (ART) project on the island. This move underscores ITC’s commitment to transforming Abu Dhabi’s public transportation landscape.

Abu Dhabi's transit evolution - automated rapid transit project kickstarts

By seamlessly integrating advanced technology with the city’s infrastructure, they aim to not just enhance commuter experience but also augment Abu Dhabi’s stature in global urban development. The extensive groundwork laid by the ITC teams promises passengers a journey marked by comfort, safety, and exceptional service quality in alignment with the ITC’s strategic vision.

The pilot’s blueprint reveals an extensive network of 25 stations spanning approximately 27 km, heralding a pivotal shift in transport technology and infrastructure. Operating during weekends, from Friday to Sunday, the initial ART service promises a scenic route from Al Reem Mall to Marina Mall. This route encapsulates the city’s essence, touching landmarks such as Zayed the First Street and the iconic Corniche Street.

The ART project doesn’t just stand as a testament to technological advancement. Rooted in the Smart Mobility Strategy, it represents Abu Dhabi’s broader vision of a sustainable transport ecosystem powered by cutting-edge innovations, aligning with the Emirate’s community service goals.

Beyond just transportation, this project intertwines with the UAE’s broader sustainability aspirations, aiming for a significant reduction in carbon emissions and underscoring the nation’s environmental preservation commitment. By widening the scope of transport options, the ITC doesn’t only promise a smoother ride but also bolsters Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a premier destination for both residents and global visitors, amplifying its appeal as an ideal place to live, work, and explore.

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