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Officials at the signing ceremony held in Dubai.

RTA, skyTran ink deal for suspended transport systems

DUBAI, June 9, 2019

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an agreement with skyTran, a global company specialised in the development of suspended transport systems, to help develop advanced public transport facilities in the emirate.

This MoU is a practical manifestation of Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy aimed at converting 25 per cent of total mobility journeys in Dubai into driverless journeys by 2030, said a statement from the RTA.

It comes as part of the RTA's relentless efforts to improve and expand public transport network in Dubai to keep pace with the sustained growth of the city, which is shaping into a premier business and service hub worldwide, it added.

"This MoU highlights RTA’s continuous efforts to team with global specialist firms in developing advanced public transport technologies capable of attracting more riders by offering them safe, fast and luxurious transit experiences, besides curbing traffic congestion in the city," remarked Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, the CEO of Rail Agency at RTA after signing the deal with John Cole, CEO of skyTran.

"One of these solutions is developing Sky Pod units operated by 'Maglev' technology, which are characterised by their safety and speed as well as the saving much of the resources associated with the daily mobility of people," stated Younes.

According to him, the signing of this MoU with a leading company in the field of suspended transport systems, such as skyTran, is a milestone in RTA’s efforts to introduce advanced technologies and innovative services in the field of public transport.

"It will enhance the integration of public transport systems, which in turn will boost the economic growth, attract more investments and improve the standard of living in Dubai," he added.

Cole said skyTran was excited to sign this MoU with RTA and play an active role in realising the Authority's ambitious projects and initiatives in the field of public transport.

"It will also support the government drive to rank Dubai as the smartest and happiest city in the world," he stated.

Cole lauded the tremendous achievements and vital projects accomplished by RTA over few years, rendering Dubai as a global icon.

"RTA’s public transport network is amongst the most advanced systems worldwide, and Dubai can boast of infrastructure of roads, bridges and tunnels second to none worldwide," he added.-TradeArabia News Service




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