Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development has taken a step towards a car-free site with an order for the turnkey construction of a tram system from Siemens Rail Systems.

The system will be installed on Qatar Foundation’s campus in Doha and serve 25 stations across the site. When completed, the Avenio trams will run on 11.5 kilometres of track without the need for any overhead contact lines. They will be equipped with the Sitras Hybrid Energy Storage system (HES) from Siemens, with energy being supplied at the tram stops. The system will become operational in autumn 2015.

Siemens will supply 19 double-articulated trams to Qatar Foundation and each Avenio tram will have the ability to carry up to 239 passengers, and will be specially equipped to cope with the country’s climatic conditions.

Commenting on the new transport system Engineer Saad Al Muhannadi, Qatar Foundation’s Vice President of Capital Projects and Facilities Management, said,

‘Ultimately, our aim is to make the Qatar Foundation site a car-free zone and, with the introduction of the new tram system, we are well on our way to achieving this goal.’

For more information on Qatar Foundation, visit the QF website.