TIG/m, the Californian builder of self-powered trams, has now delivered three 15m single-ended bogie cars to the Msheireb Downtown development in Doha, the capital city of Qatar. USD5.5bn is being spent reviving Doha’s old commercial centre as a modern ‘smart city’ commercial development, due for completion in December 2018.
Mesheireb Properties, a subsidiary of the Qatar foundation, contracted TIG/m to design, build, operate and maintain a standard-gauge tramway. The tramway is a single-track 2.1km (1.3-mile) loop operating around the development with nine stops, including a 400m hop-on, hop-off zone. The service operates 06.00-01.00 on Sunday to Thursday, and from 13.00 to 01.00 on Friday and Saturday, 365 days/year.
The modern design’s motive power is provided by onboard lithium-ion phosphate batteries with a regenerative braking function. Ancillary power comes from a small onboard generator. Each tram takes 18 minutes to complete the loop, so a six-minute service can be provided.
There will be interchange with the Doha metro at Msheireb station, which is itself to be the interchange with the planned Red, Green and Golden metro lines.