The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) has conducted the first test operation of the Automatic Rapid Transit (ART) System. The test operation was witnessed by HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, alongside with a number of ministers and senior officials.
The ART is a rail-less system for urban transport which is essentially a crossover between buses and trams. It can travel with a speed of up to 70km/h and has the capacity to carry 307 passengers. The ART 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. Since ART trains do not run on rails, the vehicles use sensors that help their drivers to follow their virtual rail on road. ART vehicles have the same width as a normal bus, but they are 32 meters long, significantly longer than articulated buses.
“The trial operation of ART System is the first in the world. 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 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” said HE Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti.
The innovative, modern and environment-friendly public transport system aligns with the pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030. The test operation of the transit system contributes to a list of infrastructural development projects done ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The ART will provide smooth mobility between stadiums, residences and tourist spots.
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