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Abu Dhabi Automated Rapid Transport: All You Need to Know

Over the last few days, a tram-like way of transportation has gained recognition in the UAE's capital.

A tram-like mode of transport has been catching attention in the UAE’s capital over the past few days. 

Known as the Automated Rapid Transport (ART), this innovative three-carriage system is undergoing a pilot program by the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) in Abu Dhabi.

A Smart and Environmentally Friendly Solution:

The ART system represents a smart and environmentally friendly public transportation initiative that aims to enhance mobility options for both residents and visitors in Abu Dhabi. 

The Government of Abu Dhabi Media Office praised ITC for building an efficient and fully integrated infrastructure, ensuring top-notch safety, comfort, and quality for customers.

ART – A Hybrid Transportation System:

The ART system is unique because it falls between traditional buses and trams. It’s often called “rail-less buses” and offers a spacious capacity of up to 200 passengers per electric bus. 

Notably, each carriage features seating along the sides, alongside straps for standing passengers, all while a driver operates.

The Initial Route and Station Network:

During the pilot phase, ART trains will navigate through a network of 25 stations, covering a route that extends approximately 27 kilometers. 

The route spans Al Reem Mall to Marina Mall, traveling along prominent roads such as Zayed the First Street and Corniche Street on Abu Dhabi Island. 

Stations include popular landmarks like Corniche, Sheikha Fatima Park, Khalidiya Park, Qasr Al Hosn, NMC Specialty and Lifeline hospitals, Sheikh Hazza bin Sultan Mosque, the Galleria Al Maryah Island, and Marina Square, among others.

Traffic Rules and Operation:

Unlike traditional trams, ARTs don’t run on dedicated tracks. Instead, they operate on the main roads of Abu Dhabi Island, adhering to traffic rules enforced in the capital.

Operating Schedule:

It’s essential to note that the ART system currently operates from Friday to Sunday, and further expansion of its operational schedule may be considered.

This structured format provides a clear overview of the ART system, its unique features, and its role in enhancing transportation in Abu Dhabi.

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