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Qatar Education City Tram opened

@ Qatar Foundation - Press

The first 2.4 km section of the Education City Tram in Doha / Qatar opened to the public on 24 December 2019. This first circle route – the “Blue line” – has seven stops and serves an extensive education and research complex development area built by the non-profit Qatar Foundation. The complete system will have 11.5 km and 24 stops, including a tunnel section under Al Luqta Street. Completion is expected by 2021. Intermediate at Qatar Foundation 3 multi-storey car parks will allow for parking the car and the use of the new tramway to reach the final destination – P&R at its best. Interchange stops will allow for transfer to Doha Metro’s Green line opened just two weeks earlier, on 10 December 2019, and this link will be of most importance during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, carrying thousands of football fans to matches at the Education City Stadium.

A system map is available at: http://www.urbanrail.net/as/doha/doha.htm

One of the stops | © Qatar Foundation – Press
The vehicles

19 three-module 100% low-floor Avenio trams have been delivered by Siemens under a USD412m turnkey contract (including the construction partner Habtoor Leighton Group) awarded in 2012. The contract includes electrification, signalling and communications systems as well as the operations control centre and the depot. Power supply is only at the stations using Siemens’ Sitras HES energy storage system, no catenary has been installed on the track between the stations. Additional product information can be retrieved at: https://assets.new.siemens.com/siemens/assets/api/uuid:aa06262d-3ebf-4bcb-9566-bd6b0db960a5/productinformation-sitras-hes-e.pdf

The second new tramway

A 2.2 km single-track downtown circulator route in the Msheireb Downtown Doha district with 9 stops opened on 30 December 2019. Three hydrogen fuel-cell, partially low-floor tramways are in use. They were delivered by TIG/m (USA).

Fuel cell tram at Msheireb in downtown Doha | © TIG/m Press
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