PM witnesses Automatic Rapid Transit System trial run
July 15 2019 06:55 PM
HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, HE t
HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, HE the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti and other senior officials during the test operation of the Automatic Rapid Transit (ART) System.

QNA/Doha

HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani on Monday witnessed the test operation of the Automatic Rapid Transit (ART) System conducted by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) on Al Khor Expressway.
A number of ministers and senior officials were also present.
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 System uses an innovative, modern and environment-friendly transit mode. PICTURE: Jayaram


A number of dignitaries were present on the occasion. PICTURE: Jayaram


Dignitaries stand in front of the Automatic Rapid Transit system.

The ART features customised, modern interior and exterior designs that take account of the needs of people with disabilities. Built with a bi-directional driving mode with a speed of up to 70km/h and a capacity to carry 307 passengers, the ART System is powered by electricity and provides a range of 25km with only 10 minutes of quick charging and 70km with 3 hours of full charging.
With intelligent communication systems, ART trains are given priority at intersections on the line and with the absence of rails, ART vehicles use sensors that help their drivers to follow their virtual rail on road. The three-module vehicle is 32m long and has the same width of a normal bus.
"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 deploying it," said HE the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti.
"This transit mode, if the test operation is successful, will support the diversification of the 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 FIFA World Cup 2022 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," the minister said.
This initiative comes within MOTC's endeavours to providing a world-class, multi-modal integrated transport system that connects all regions in Qatar, helping the public to reach their destinations easily and safely.


Last updated: July 16 2019 12:19 AM


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