Getting around with the PRT system


Masdar City recently made a departure from the car-free model – allowing visitors, employees and residents to park their cars within the city limits, but cars are not permitted to drive the streets of Masdar City.

These driverless pod cars, called Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) vehicles, run on magnetic tracks below the city – leaving the streets above free for pedestrian use. For a better idea of how the system works, check out this video, and go for a virtual ride.

As the city expands, Masdar plans to add a system of electric buses to service residential areas and eventually connect to the Abu Dhabi Metro – which is expected to open by 2017.

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