Over 20% public transport modes to be eco-friendly by 2022: Sulaiti

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Over 20% public transport modes to be eco-friendly by 2022: Sulaiti

Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani witnessed the test operation of the Automatic Rapid Transit (ART) System conducted by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) on Al Khor Expressway on Monday. 

The ART System uses an innovative, modern and environment-friendly transit mode. With intelligent controls, it is a rail-less system for urban public transport, which is essentially a crossover between buses and trams. It also integrates electrical and mechanical systems and uses quick-charge batteries.

The ART features customised, modern interior and exterior designs that take into account the needs of people with disabilities. Built with a bi-directional driving mode with a speed of up to 70kmph and the capacity to carry 307 passengers, the ART System is powered by electricity and covers a range of 25km with only 10 minutes of quick charging and 70km with three hours of full charging.

 

With intelligent communication systems, ART trains are given priority at intersections on the line. In the absence of rails, ART vehicles use sensors that help their drivers to follow their virtual rail on road. The three-module vehicle is 32 metres long and has the width of a normal bus.

“The trial operation of ART system is the first in the world. The ministry will assess the trial operation, which continues for a specific period of time, to make sure the ART System’s battery charging and mechanical and electrical systems fit Qatar’s weather conditions before going ahead with its deployment,” Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Saif al Sulaiti said.

“This transit mode, if the test operation is successful, will support the diversification of transportation sector in Qatar through using the world’s latest transportation system. This contributes to achieving economic and environmental balance in the transportation sector’s infrastructure projects. It will also offer a distinct and unique experience during the various events Qatar hosts, particularly the 2022 FIFA World Cup as it will be an exceptional experience for fans and visitors with high-quality services that provide smooth mobility to stadiums, residences and tourist attractions,” he added.

Sulaiti said the ART is a crossover between buses, trams and trains that use quick-charge batteries, something that will contribute to saving costs.

He said about 20 to 25 percent of public transport in Qatar will be environment-friendly before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Qatar seeks to attain high rankings in the public transport sector, in the use of environment-friendly cars and in the ambitious plans of the Ministry of Transport and Communications in accordance with the guidance of the wise leadership, he said. 

The minister said the ART System is expected to be operational within 15 to 16 months, and will be handed over to Mowasalat Company (Karwa) to finalise some tests and get the best contracts from users in this field, indicating that this comes within the public transport master plan in the country, which costs QR3 billion from now until 2022.

He said the MoTC is not in a hurry when it comes to the actual launch of this system, and it can operate it at the present time, but this will not lead to the purpose for which it brought this technology that requires a large population density. 

A certain date has been selected to launch it and it will be an ideal experience for the World Cup and constitute a real legacy after this tournament for regions where no tram or metro service is available.

Sulaiti stressed that the public transport system in Qatar has made great strides and has achieved qualitative leaps and will be one of the most efficient systems in the world.

He stressed the importance attached by MoTC to security and safety operations. “Many tests are carried out over different periods of time to ensure safety and security,” he added.

He said MoTC’s safety and security section will not give permission for actual use until all safety stages are met to ensure that the system launched is sound and keeps pace with the environment standards.

This initiative comes within MOTC’s endeavors to providing a world-class, multimodal integrated transportation system that connects all regions in Qatar, helping the public to reach to their destinations easily with safe and reliable services in line with the pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030, in addition to its significant contribution to developing transportation modes in Qatar according to latest eco-friendly universal systems and deploying alternative and clean energy to reduce harmful emissions.

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