In Q3 of 2019 Construction of World’s First Hyperloop System will Begin in Abu Dhabi
US firm Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT) hopes to begin construction of what is claimed to be the world’s first commercial hyperloop system in Abu Dhabi in the third quarter of 2019. The aim is to make the high-speed transportation technology a reality. This high-end technology is commercial Hyperloop system is with an agreement with Abu Dhabi developer Aldar on the Dubai/Abu Dhabi border.
It had announced that a consortium led by design and engineering firm Dar Al-Handasah for the project and construction of a commercial track, an innovation centre, and an experience centre was targeted to begin as early as July next year. Dar Al-Handasah will work with architects Perkins+Will, engineers T.Y. Lin International and GPO Group and cost management consultants Currie & Brown on the project. A senior spokesperson from Hyperloop TT said the people of UAE in near future will experience futuristic technology. It is a commitment and determination of the partners both within the UAE and abroad as they move forward with the system-interested organisations in the region and around the world to join in making history. The Hyperloop concept involves the use of pressurised tubes to transport human and freight cargo in pods at speeds of up to 1,100kmh.
Hyperloop TT unveiled its first passenger capsule earlier this month in Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. It said the pod was hoped to be ready for passengers next year. The company’s Abu Dhabi project has already attracted some controversy after Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) cast doubt on its validity. HyperloopTT said the planned 10km system could eventually connect Abu Dhabi to Al Ain, Dubai and Riyadh, leading the RTA where there is no specific route for operating the Hyperloop system in Dubai or between Dubai and other emirates. The HyperloopTT/Aldar deal rivals similar efforts by the RTA, which has signed draft agreements with another firm – Virgin Hyperloop One – to explore the feasibility of a system in the emirate. The RTA at an event in Dubai in February unveiled prototypes of Virgin Hyperloop One’s planned hyperloop pods.
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