DOHA: Qatar’s first and the Middle East’s most energy-efficient tram system to make the Education City a car-free place will be operational by September 2016, according to a senior official.
A trial run of the service to transport students, staff and visitors within the Education City will begin in early 2016 and give a glimpse of what the future holds for public transport in Qatar.
“This is a project to reduce traffic, minimise usage of cars and emission, it will be completed in September 2016 before that there will be trial runs in the beginning of 2016,” said Engineer Saad Al Muhannadi, President of Qatar Foundation, yesterday.
He spoke to media on the sidelines of unveiling a full-sized mock-up of a new Avenio trams for the ‘Doha Tram’ project in Education City by Siemens, the global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering operating in the energy, infrastructure and cities, industry and healthcare sectors.
Dr Roland Busch, Board Member of Siemens AG and CEO of Siemens Infrastructure and Cities Sector handed over key of Avenio trams to Engineer Al Muhannadi at an event held at the Education City.
Avenio’s low-floor technology and ergonomic design offers passengers a high level of comfort. In addition, the energy storage system for optimising energy consumption and the overhead contact line-free operation make Avenio a role model for sustainable, rail-bound local transport.
Bernhard Fonseka, CEO of Siemens WLL Qatar said: “We have pooled the best of our research units, engineers and know-how to ensure that this project which maximises energy efficiency and optimises mobility in the city is of the highest calibre.”
Siemens will supply 19 trams, each with three cars and able to accommodate up to a maximum of 239 passengers.
The Avenio trams will run on 11.5km of track without overhead contact lines. The system will be installed across the Education City campus and will serve 25 stations and stops. The trams will be equipped with the Sitras HES energy storage system from Siemens, with energy being supplied at the tram stops.
The life-size model of the Avenio tram will be displayed at a number of different locations throughout Doha, giving public the opportunity to see what the trams will look like and to experience the tram first hand.