Have you seen the Automated Rapid Transit (ART) service that was put in place in Abu Dhabi City? It’s very modern and sleek. This past weekend, people in the Capital saw the launch of this cutting-edge service. This air-conditioned, three-car electric bus now stops at set times on busy routes and rings a bell while the driver waits for people to get on.
The ART service is a rail-less vehicle that looks like a cross between a bus and a tram. It has the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) marks on it. It was first put in place on Yas Island and Saadiyat Island, and now it’s also on the mainland.
The ARTs are running between Reem Mall and Marina Mall along Zayed the First Street, which is also known as “Electra Street.” This is thought to be the start of the next part of Abu Dhabi’s smart mobility project for the future. The eco-friendly, pollution-free service runs in the city on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the moment.
200 people at a time. The new electric cars have room for up to 200 people, making city transportation more environmentally friendly. The seating is set up like the Dubai Metro, with soft seats, straps for people who want to stand, wide windows, and digital alerts when the train stops. It changes lanes without any problems, just like a normal bus.
There are times when ARTs are only allowed to stop in certain places, and other times they stop at regular bus stops. Stickers have been put down on the sidewalk to show where the stops are.
The better rapid transit system that doesn’t need a mass transit train system or lines is a great way to make traveling around cities easier. The deal comes right before a busy season in which the Capital will host more than 150 events. That number will keep going up every month.
New service with no emissions
People in the community are happy to see a vehicle that looks like a Dubai tram running in Abu Dhabi City, but there aren’t any specific tracks or changes to the streets’ infrastructure.
“I’m shocked by this. It’s been there for a few days now. It’s like a mix of a bus, a tram, a train, and a metro. “I’ve mostly seen it work in the morning and afternoon,” said Patrick Ohana, who has lived in the area for a long time.
People in the area praised the service, which came at the same time as the UAE’s “Year of Sustainability” events.
“I saw one of these on Yas Island.” It’s cool to see electric buses on the mainland that look like trams and don’t put out any pollution. It took me to Marina Mall this past Saturday. “This kind of service is a great way to deal with the crowds on public transit buses during rush hour,” said Vibhor Gupta, a marketing expert.
As of now, these ARTs connect Reem Mall and Marina Mall. They go past popular spots such as the Galleria Al Maryah Island, Marina Square, the Sheikh Hazza Bin Sultan Mosque, the famous Qasr Al Hosn, Khalidiya Park, the Abu Dhabi Energy Centre, Sheikha Fatima Park, the Corniche, hospitals such as NMC Specialty and LLH, and hotels such as City Seasons Al Hamra, Sheraton Al Khalidiya, and Rixos Marina Abu Dhabi.
The first trip leaves from Reem Mall at 10 a.m. and the last one leaves at 2 p.m. The first trip leaves from Marina Mall at 11 a.m. and the last one leaves at 3 p.m. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you can use Google Maps and the official app Darbi to keep an eye on the live times.
Commuters can also scan the QR codes on the ARTs and at some bus stops to get more information about the service, new locations, and changes to times and routes.