Able to reach 100km/hour, the Doha Metro will be one of the fastest driverless trains in the world and the fastest in the region, Qatar Rail announced.
“In total, 75 trains – consisting of three cars, one of which will be for Gold and Family Class and two for Standard class – will be delivered to Doha Metro. Gold will have 16 seats, family 26 seats and Standard 88 seats. Designed and built to world-class standards of modernity and innovation, they remain deeply rooted in the country’s history and community,” Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) said in a statement.
The first phase of the Doha Metro is expected to be complete in 2020, when the project’s 37 metro stations are expected to be operative, with an average journey time of two minutes between adjacent stations.
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani visited Qatar Rail’s life-sized mock-ups of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram trains last week.
During the visit, HH the Emir observed the overall construction progress and the phases that have already been completed. He was briefed about the state-of-the-art technology used in both trains, as well as their unique interior and exterior design, safety features and services future users can expect. Also in attendance for the visit was HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani.
“The visit by the country’s esteemed leadership is evidence of the emphasis HH the Emir places on the progression of infrastructure projects in line with Qatar National Vision 2030,” Qatar Rail said.
An interior view of the Lusail Tram
Speaking on the occasion, HE Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, thanked HH the Emir for the visit and said the Doha Metro project would represent the backbone in the creation of an integrated public transport system, supported by the other Qatar Rail projects and ongoing road projects.
The designs of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram trains are an embodiment of Qatari heritage and culture combined with state-of-the-art technology.
The Lusail Tram design concept is focused on the sea representing dhow pearl fishing and bringing in the calm, cool, elegant and tranquil elements of that medium to the design. Lusail Tram will travel at a speed of 60km/hour.
In total, there will be 28 trains consisting of five carriages split in two - one for families and one for general commuters. The family carriages have 24 seats, 16 are fixed and eight are foldable. For the regular carriages, there are 40 seats, 32 are fixed and eight foldable, giving a total 64 seats.
Each carriage has a space for wheelchair users and there are screens on exterior walls giving details about the journey as well as entertainment. External screens are also fitted to the front, back and sides of the trains allowing awaiting passengers to see the next destination.
Qatar Rail managing director and CEO Abdulla Abdulaziz al-Subaie said the life-sized models of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram trains, along with the future station mock-ups for Doha Metro provide a truly unique opportunity for those wishing to learn more about the country’s train projects, which will be operational by 2020. “We look forward to organising visits for the local community to come and see them for themselves.”
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