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Dubai eyes solar-powered rail buses in future transport mix

Dubai eyes solar-powered rail buses in future transport mix

Two MoUs were signed with two companies that specialise in developing and manufacturing transportation systems, as well as designing mass transportation solutions for zero emissions

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RTA inks MOUs to dvelop new rail system Image WAM Urban.Mass RTA

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed two key memoranda of understanding (MoUs) aimed at developing new transportation systems.

The first agreement will look at developing the Floc Duo Rail system, a driverless, eco-friendly double-track system that allows transportation units to move swiftly.

The second will explore the development of a rail bus system, which travels on a bridge equipped with solar panels to generate the electricity needed to operate the system.

The two MoUs were signed with two companies that specialise in developing and manufacturing transportation systems, as well as designing mass transportation solutions for zero emissions: UK-based Urban.Mass and US-based Rail Bus.

RTA to develop eco-friendly rail systems with Urban.Mass and Rail Bus

Abdul Mohsen Kalbat, CEO of the Rail Agency, RTA, said, “The signing of these two MoUs is part of RTA’s strategic plans to engage in communication with premier companies and specialised entities in this field to identify and adopt the most sophisticated and advanced practices. Currently, RTA is exploring a range of innovations in the field of transportation systems including the world’s first innovative transportation system called the Floc Duo Rail.

“This system features double tracks that allow transportation units to move swiftly and efficiently within urban areas. It is a driverless system and uses electrical power. This system uses short units during low peak periods and long units during high peak periods to meet the emirate’s needs effectively.

“The second novel transportation system from Urban Mass features vehicles operating on a bridge outfitted with solar panels. These panels harness solar energy to power the system, ensuring its operation in Dubai. This system is distinguished by its contemporary design and offers the advantage of lower costs in comparison to similar transportation systems.

“This step reflects RTA’s strategy for achieving sustainable development and improving the city’s quality of life. RTA reiterates its commitment to adopting the latest technologies and innovations in transportation, which enhances the passenger experience in the emirate of Dubai.”

Ricky Sandhu, founder, and CEO of Urban.Mass, said, “This partnership between Urban Mass and the RTA in Dubai epitomises the robust mutual commitment of the UK and the UAE to combat climate change. This partnership is set to pave the way for sustainable mass transit solutions through innovative technology, transforming urban mobility across the city.”

Hatim Ibrahim, the CEO of Rail Bus, stated that the collaboration with the Roads and Transport Authority marks a significant milestone for the company towards pioneering sustainable transportation solutions in Dubai.

The MoUs were signed at the 2024 Dubai International Project Management Forum on January 18.

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