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ART railless transport in Abu Dhabi

Last weekend, a new type of public transport appeared on the streets of Abu Dhabi – rail-free electric rapid transit (ART) vehicles. The three-car vehicles are air-conditioned and can accommodate up to 200 passengers at a time.

ART railless transport is a combination of bus and tram. It first appeared on Yas and Saadiyat islands, and now it has started to serve the mainland of the emirate. As part of Abu Dhabi’s smart mobility project, eco-friendly electric ART vehicles run around the city on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The innovative vehicles are equipped with padded seats and belts for passengers travelling standing up, have panoramic windows and a digital stop warning system. The ART electric vehicle manoeuvres smoothly in city traffic like conventional buses.

The rail-free trams on wheels connect Reem Mall and Marina Mall via popular destinations such as Galleria Al Maryah Island, Marina Square, Sheikh Hazza Bin Sultan Mosque, the iconic Qasr Al Hosn, Khalidiya Park, Abu Dhabi Energy Centre, Sheikha Fatima Park, Corniche, NMC Specialty and LLH hospitals, as well as the City Seasons Al Hamra, Sheraton Al Khalidiya and Rixos Marina Abu Dhabi hotels.

The first ride from Reem Mall is at 10am and from Marina Mall at 11am. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the schedule can be monitored via Google Maps and the official Darbi app. Passengers can also scan a QR code in the electric vehicle and at some bus stops to get more information about the route, timetable and new destinations.

At some points along the route, ARTs have special places to stop, while at others they stop at regular city bus stations. The points are marked with special stickers on the pavement.

Source: Khaleej Times

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