The network is served by a fleet of three hydrogen vehicles supplied by TIG/m, United States. All traction equipment is carried on the vehicle with the trains able to operate for up to 20 hours before recharging. The vehicles, which were built at TIG/m’s facility in Chatsworth, California, are also air-conditioned and incorporate special light-filtering glass panels which reduce the effect of heat from the sun by 90%.
Vehicles complete the 2km circuit in 18 minutes with trains operating at six-minute intervals. The network has nine stations including a 400km hop-on hop-off section at Wadi-Msheireb and benefits from virtual tram detection and priority at traffic signals as well as real-time passenger information, on-board CCTV and Wi-Fi.
“We hope this sustainable way of commuting will encourage more people to leave their cars behind,” says Mr Ali Al Kuwari, acting CEO of Msheireb Properties. “The tramway is very user-friendly, cost-effective and is suitable for everyone, and I am confident our visitors and residents will find it very convenient.”
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