Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), with the first batch of trams for its ground-breaking QF Tram System officially arriving in Doha recently, is now one step closer to transforming its flagship development, Education City, into an environmentally-friendly ‘smart-city’.
QF’s ‘smart-city’ is set to boast a car-free zone with reduced carbon emissions, and is part of a wider, multifaceted plan to ensure that sustainability is an integral part of the day-to-day lives of local residents. The initiatives include encouraging the development of green infrastructure, promoting best practices for the design of buildings, harnessing energy through solar-panelled roofs and wind turbines, cutting C02 emissions, and utilising state-of-the-art monitoring measures, as well as urging residents to adopt healthy and active lifestyles.
Engineer Saad Al Muhannadi, President of Qatar Foundation, said:
We are delighted that the first shipment of trams has arrived. We are now one step closer to the QF Tram System launching in Qatar. And with the trams having the potential to be one of the most energy-efficient forms of public transport, the ground-breaking system will fulfil our ultimate goal of transforming Education City into a ‘smart-city’, and becoming a benchmark for green development.’
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.
Additionally, 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, the trams will set a new benchmark for public transport infrastructure in the Middle East.
Once completed, the system 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 Qatar Rail’s leading development project, the Doha Metro.
Additionally, QF is set to open a comprehensive visitor’s centre, which will serve as a hub dedicated to the introduction of the brand-new QF Tram System to the public. The centre will feature a full-scale model of one of the trams, as well as information about the planned network.
While the QF Tram System will be the pivotal element in the creation of a ‘smart-city’, alongside the trams, QF has already successfully established a comprehensive e-Bike system, which not only reduces reliance on cars, but also encourages healthy lifestyles. Currently, there are 20 stations across the campus, and 200 bikes.