26 Jul 2021
RTA and MND to explore developing new innovative urban ropeway
As part of its endeavours to come up with innovative solutions for developing an aerial transport network in Dubai, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with French mobility specialist MND, a leading company in the ropeways industry.
This MoU comes with RTA’s efforts to achieve Dubai’s vision to have 25% of all trips to be self-driving by 2030. MND and RTA commits to work together to study and implement CABLINE system to contribute to this vision. The CABLINE system developed by the ropeways specialist MND, with support of the French State Agency for sustainable development ADEME, is perfectly fitting these objectives and aims at offering a completely new experience for aerial transportation.
CABLINE is designed to integrate and connect to a city’s existing inter-modal transport network. This fully automatic, driverless transport system, with self-propelled cabins moving over ropes at speeds up to 45 km per hour, uses a minimalist infrastructure easy to integrate with the least possible footprint. Its innovative technology is much more modern, more aesthetic, quieter and more energy sufficient than traditional ropeway transportation. CABLINE allow easier maintenance to guarantee high availability rate of the urban transport system and optimal service for the passengers. This disruptive technology embarks patented innovations and rely on the strong and proven references of MND and its partners in the field of conventional ropeways.
Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Rail Agency, signed the MoU on behalf of RTA, and Xavier Gallot-Lavallée, Chairman and CEO of MND, signed on behalf of the Group.
“The signing of this MoU is part of RTA’s ongoing efforts to increase public transportation trips to 26% by 2030. Realising this objective requires developing advanced innovative transport systems and improving the sustainable transport network in Dubai to encourage people and visitors to use public transport. MND is a leading group for ropeways infrastructure and working on a new driverless high-speed system. This CABLINE system by MND is flexible, energy saving, and has minor impact on the urban environment”, said Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Rail Agency.
“MND is very proud to work with RTA to achieve their vision of sustainable mobility and fully integrating urban network combining innovative technologies and modes. We believe the CABLINE technology under development in our ropeways design centre based in the French Alps can contribute to new urban transportation experience. Our engineering team has been working hard in the last years to finalize design and make CABLINE a unique and disruptive technology to ease urban mobility”, said Xavier Gallot-Lavallée, CEO of MND.