Tuesday 24 December 2019

Education City Tram starts operation on Blue Line

The Education City Tram has started operation. “The Blue Line is open for business,” Qatar Foundation (QF) announced in a tweet, adding that other lines will be “launched soon”.

The Blue Line of the Education City Tram with seven stops on its route serves Education City Stadium, Qatar Academy and VCUarts Qatar.

According to an earlier report, Siemens, the German-based company tasked with the project, is set to provide a total of 19 trams. With a capacity of 234 passengers per tram, including 60 seated, the system is set to transport an average of approximately 3,000 people in each direction every hour, with 17 trains operating, some at four-minute intervals during peak times.

The network will not only connect visitors, university students, and QF employees with 24 designated tram stations across 11.5km, it will also serve as a link to Doha Metro.

The trams are set to boast a range of state-of-the art energy-saving features, including Siemens’ Sitras HES energy storage system. Enabling the trams to recharge at each station and operate without overhead power lines opens up a new perspective for vehicle design and will have a positive impact on the urban landscape.

Clean lines, generous white surfaces and darkened windows characterise the tram’s exterior. The interior has a bright and airy ambience, while special sunshades on the roof and tinted insulated glass maintain comfortable interior temperatures.

(Source: The Peninsula)

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