In answering one of the overriding priorities of Masdar City’s master plan – to be a pedestrian-focused community – a rich network of public and personal transportation options will ensure it is easy to move across the city in comfort and ease. As a result, walking and self-propelled transport will be the most convenient forms of transportation to many destinations within the city, as well as the most pleasant. This is the result of planners’ focus on creating extensive shaded sidewalks and pathways throughout the city.
Pilot Project: Electric Vehicles at Masdar Institute In addition, a public transport system of electric buses, electric cars, and other clean-energy vehicles will provide transport within the city, while Abu Dhabi’s light rail and Metro lines will pass through the centre of Masdar City, providing transport within the city and serving as a link to the wider metropolitan area. Most private vehicles will be kept at the city’s edge in parking lots that will be linked by public transportation to the rest of the city.
In its search for appropriate and sustainable transportation solutions, Masdar City is piloting a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) and Freight Rapid Transit (FRT) system of electric-powered, automated, single-cabin vehicles that offer the privacy, comfort and non-stop travel of a taxi service, and the reliability and sustainability of a public transport system.
Masdar City also has initiated an electric car pilot with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to test a point-to-point transportation solution for the city that uses Mitsubishi Motor’s i-MiEV, five-door hatchbacks.