A new Automated Rapid Transit (ART) system will operate in Abu Dhabi
New electric powered vehicles will run along Abu Dhabi's central streets, adding more convenient ways for residents to move around the city. These eco-friendly means of transport have been introduced under the Smart Mobility Project, which is being implemented by the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) in cooperation with the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC).
Automated Rapid Transit (ART) is a hybrid type of bus and tram that is powered by electricity and does not emit any harmful exhaust fumes. No rails or any type of modifications to the existing infrastructure of Abu Dhabi are required for its launch. The electric vehicles will comprise three carriages and can accommodate up to 200 people at a time. Passenger comfort is ensured by soft seats, air conditioning and stop announcements.
The rail-free high-speed transport will operate on the weekends and follow a route from Reem Mall to Marina Mall, which will include 14 stops. The first shuttle will start from Al Reem Island at 10am, and the journey to the end point will last just over an hour. There will be five services each way throughout the day and a detailed timetable can be accessed via the Darbi application.
The same type of automated driverless transport has already been introduced on Yas Island and Saadiyat Island, as the Smart Mobility Project has a total of 8 self-driving taxis, 6 mini Robobuses and 3 ARTs operating on the islands. There are 15 charging stations provided for these electric-powered vehicles.