Qatar Foundation tram project to be ‘fully functional’ by September 2016 …

The Education City tram project is expected to be ‘fully functional’ and complete by September 2016, a senior official said yesterday.
“The ‘trial runs’ of the trams are expected to begin in the early months of 2016,” Qatar Foundation president Saad al-Muhannadi told Gulf Times.
He was speaking on the sidelines of an event to mark the unveiling of a life-size mock-up of the Siemens Avenio trams.
“The project will be able to serve around 60,000 people, including the inhabitants of the Education City. It will also have the flexibility to expand as the Education City expands,” he explained.
The QF president also stressed that the aim was to promote environmental friendly solutions and also highlighted the role of bicycles.
“Bicycles are big time on our agenda (and also) I think in the country as a whole…Students will have a choice to either travel via a tram or on bicycles. We want to have a pedestrian-friendly place as well and would encourage people to walk,” he added.
Siemens officials demonstrated the key features of the new Avenio trams for the Doha Tram project in Education City.
The officials included Dr Roland Busch, board member, Siemens AG and CEO of Siemens Infrastructure and Cities Sector, and several senior officials from QF, Siemens AG, Siemens WLL Qatar and Al Habtoor Leighton Group, which have formed a consortium led by Siemens to deliver the turnkey tram system to the Qatari capital.
The Doha Tram at Education City is set to be the Middle East’s most energy-efficient tram system.
The project is part of Siemens’ strategic partnership with QF, aimed at promoting the advancement of Qatar’s infrastructure capability and competence.
Bernhard Fonseka, CEO of Siemens WLL Qatar said: “In addition to being part of the country’s preparations for the 2022 World Cup, and bearing in mind the fact that Qatar is one of the fastest growing economies in the world – our railway initiative is a reflection of a greater Qatari ambition aimed at transforming the country into a knowledge-based society, but also of Siemens’ desire to help improve the quality of life over the long-term for people in urban areas through its sustainable technologies. In order to fulfil that vision, 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.”
He added: “Siemens is already a key player in the overall development of Qatar – from energy-efficient building solutions to smart meters and much more.”
Avenio’s low-floor technology and ergonomic design offers passengers a high level of comfort. 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. Gulf Times

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