Dubai to introduce smart train, rail bus projects for mass transit
Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is actively exploring cutting-edge solutions to revolutionize its mass transit network, as evidenced by the signing of memoranda of understanding (MoU) with international companies during the Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF).
These agreements signify the city's strategic push to incorporate sophisticated and advanced practices into its transportation infrastructure.
The first MoU, in collaboration with UK-based Urban.Mass, is centered around the development of the Floc Duo Rail system. This innovative solution features a lightweight, driverless smart train resembling a 'platoon of pods.' Unlike traditional transit systems, it operates on an elevated track, eliminating the need for extensive earthworks, costly tunnels, and large stations.
The system's scalability, rapid installation, reduced environmental impact, and smart-designed driverless trains contribute to its attractiveness. The incorporation of solar panels into the infrastructure underscores a commitment to sustainability.
The second MOU, executed in collaboration with Rail Bus Inc. of the United States, centers on the deployment of a solar-powered rail bus system. By utilizing compact, autonomous electric vehicles that operate on elevated tracks, this solution offers a versatile and lightweight alternative to conventional mass transit. The solar-powered rail transit system, renowned for its eco-friendliness and ability to operate in diverse environments, is in accordance with Dubai's objective of promoting sustainable urban mobility.
These agreements demonstrate Dubai's commitment to promoting sustainable and innovative transportation solutions, with an emphasis on operational efficiency and the attainment of zero carbon emissions. The collaborations with Urban.Mass. and Rail Bus Inc. are designed to establish novel standards in environmentally friendly transportation that are customized to meet the unique needs of Dubai, thereby making a positive contribution towards a more sustainable and efficient future.
Ricky Sandhu, CEO of Urban.Mass, sees the partnership as a symbol of the mutual commitment between the UK and the UAE to combat climate change. Hatim Ibrahim, CEO of Rail Bus Inc., highlights the collaboration with the RTA as a significant step towards a greener future, setting new standards in sustainable mobility for Dubai.