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Doha Metro ‘among fastest driverless trains’

The Doha Metro, with capabilities to reach speeds of 100 km per hour, will be one of the fastest driverless trains in the world and the fastest in the region, a report said.

“In total, 75 trains – consisting of three cars, one of which will be for Gold and Family Class and two for Standard class – will be delivered to Doha Metro. Gold will have 16 seats, family 26 seats and Standard 88 seats. Designed and built to world-class standards of modernity and innovation, they remain deeply rooted in the country’s history and community,” Qatar Rail was quoted in the Gulf Times report.

The first phase of the Doha Metro is expected to be complete in 2020, when the project’s 37 metro stations are expected to be operative, with an average journey time of two minutes between adjacent stations.

“The visit by the country’s esteemed leadership is evidence of the emphasis HH the Emir places on the progression of infrastructure projects in line with Qatar National Vision 2030,” Qatar Rail said.

The designs of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram trains are an embodiment of Qatari heritage and culture combined with state-of-the-art technology, the report added.

The Lusail Tram design concept is focused on the sea representing dhow pearl fishing and bringing in the calm, cool, elegant and tranquil elements of that medium to the design. Lusail Tram will travel at a speed of 60km/hour.

In total, there will be 28 trains consisting of five carriages split in two – one for families and one for general commuters. The family carriages have 24 seats, 16 are fixed and eight are foldable. For the regular carriages, there are 40 seats, 32 are fixed and eight foldable, giving a total 64 seats.

Each carriage has a space for wheelchair users and there are screens on exterior walls giving details about the journey as well as entertainment.

External screens are also fitted to the front, back and sides of the trains allowing awaiting passengers to see the next destination.
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