In the heart of Abu Dhabi one of the most ambitious sustainable developments in the world is being realized. Masdar City is a carbon neutral, zero-waste to landfill, car-free city powered entirely by alternative energy sources. Eventually Masdar City will be built on six and a half square kilometres and will grow to house 1,500 businesses, 40,000 residents and 50,000 commuters.
For more information on Masdar, please visit www.masdarcity.com
In phase 1A of the Masdar PRT system the network will be approximately 1.4 kilometers long and feature 5 stations (2 for passengers, 3 for freight), served by 10 PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) and 3 FRT (Freight Rapid Transit) vehicles
The vehicles are entirely powered by Lithium-Phosphate batteries, allowing a range of 60 kilometers on a 1.5 hour charge. The vehicles are recharged at the angled berth stations, allowing all vehicles independent entry and exit.
The Masdar PRT system opened to the general public on November 28, 2010. The operations for Masdar are carried out by 2getthere – in close cooperation with SMRT from Singapore. It is operational 18 hours a day, from 06.00hr until midnight, every day.
The system availability and vehicle reliability consistently exceed 99.4% and 99.8% respectively. On May 22nd 2014 at 13.55 hours, the system welcomed its 1 millionth passenger.
There will be no fossil fuel cars within Masdar City. The city will be a pedestrian-friendly environment, with a Personal Rapid Transit system (PRT) available for specific journeys. The dedicated guide way sits in the undercroft, an artificial basement created by raising the pedestrian level.
2getthere was selected as the supplier for the first phase of Masdar City, providing the link to the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST).