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Masdar enters new phase of construction, closes PRT network

by Jumana Abdel-Razzaq on Jun 19, 2017

Masdar City.
Masdar City.

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Masdar City will temporality close its PRT network as construction on its Masdar Institute Neighbourhood project progresses.

The city’s first of its kind electric-powered driverless Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) network will be closed In order to accommodate ongoing construction activity from 2 July. Alternative means of transportation will be provided for the duration of the closure.

The construction works include an expansion of the current PRT network which will operate alongside the existing PRT and cover a 1 kilometre route.

The expansion will include two new stops linking Masdar Institute (part of Khalifa University of Science & Technology), the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the recently announced “My City Centre Masdar” shopping mall.

The project, which is part of the most intensive period of expansion in Masdar City’s history, will link the central Masdar City Podium with the North Car Park, providing more than 100,000 square metres of new development.

Yousef Baselaib, executive director, sustainable real estate, Masdar, said: “The Masdar Institute Neighbourhood is the largest new development currently underway at Masdar City and construction work is progressing extremely well, so we’re very excited about the additional amenities this will bring.

“This phase of our expansion means that we need to temporarily close the PRT, following seven years of continuous operation in which it has transported more than 2 million passengers. We have made careful provision to ensure there is no disruption for people within the City.” 

Masdar Institute Neighbourhood, a major mixed-use development of offices, residential, retail and public open space which is due for completion in 2020.