RTA and skyTran sign MoU to develop Sky Pods for Dubai

Aerial transport pods become the latest proposal for public transport in Dubai

The RTA and skyTran will work on a Sky Pod track for Dubai.
The RTA and skyTran will work on a Sky Pod track for Dubai.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an MoU with skyTran to develop ‘Sky Pods’ as public transport.

Under the agreement the RTA and skyTran, a specialist in suspended transport systems, will focus on developing “safe, fast and luxurious transit experiences” for Dubai.

The agreement was signed by Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Rail Agency, RTA and John Cole, CEO of skyTran.

“The signing of 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. 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,” said Younes.

He added that the MoU will support the introduction of advanced technologies and innovative services, and enhance the integration of public transport systems to boost the economy and standard of life in Dubai.

The RTA has previously released a video showing an animation of a Sky Pod system, which shows a cable-car type system connecting key Metro stations. The video says that the RTA plans a 15km Sky Pod rail, with 21 stations carrying up to 8,400 passengers per hour.

A mock-up of a Sky Pod was on show at the World Government Summit in February.

“We are excited to sign this MoU with RTA and play an active role in realising RTA’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,” said John Cole, CEO of skyTran.

“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.”

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