November 30, 2020
California tram company, TIG/m, LLC, the innovative engineering and manufacturing firm of Msheireb Downtown Doha tram, won the “Manufacturer of the Year”, “Environmental and Sustainability Initiative”, and “Highly Commended in the Category of Customer Initiative” at the Global Light Rail Awards 2020.
Eng. Ali Al Kuwari, Acting CEO, Msheireb Properties stated: “Congratulations to TIG/m, LLC for the great achievement. The tram at Msheireb Downtown Doha has been a great added value service to our city, offering a friendly environment means of transportation within our premises. The award reiterates our right selection to TIG/m, which proved their high capabilities in bringing in this solution”.
Since December 30, 2019, MDD Tram has transported 100,000 passengers within the city, taking visitors around the central hubs from Msheireb Museums station to Al Kahraba Street, Sikkat Al wadi back to the Heritage Quarter.
The MDD Tram is part of the sustainability practices adopted by Msheireb Properties to secure safe, practical, environment-friendly transportation for families, tourists, visitors and residents. Sustainability is central to Msheireb Downtown Doha, and the adoption of the latest, cutting-edge technology enables conservation of natural resources and quality of design.
At the Global Light Rail Awards (GLRA), now in its 14th year, and well-known as the industry’s Oscars, the judging panel evaluated submissions in 16 categories. TIG/m President Brad Read accepted the awards on behalf of the company, noting that “this was one of the toughest years yet to choose the winners. It is fantastic to see such expertise as we all look to bring down costs, improve safety and sustainability, and deliver the best possible passenger experience.”
Over 950 entrees were made to the GLRA awards this year and the winning results generate a great deal of interest from the international transit community. The event organized by Mainspring and supported by industry publication Tramways & Urban Transit. In the “Manufacturer of the Year” category TIG/m prevailed over two other shortlisted contenders; industry heavyweights, CAF and Stadler Rail.
TIG/m, LLC is an innovative engineering and manufacturing firm supplying self-powered trams, tramway infrastructure, and tram system services to projects in various parts of the world including North America, South America, and Asia. Their mission to reduce the environmental impacts and costs of urban rail transportation has resulted in technologically groundbreaking street railways systems that operate independent of any need for distributed power infrastructure such as overhead wires.
TIG/m was founded in 2005 by the merger of an engineering firm with a manufacturing company and dedicated all of its efforts to developing a new kind of urban electric rail car that could operate without overhead wire, carrying all of the power for a full day of passenger service aboard each car. Since that time, they have installed systems that do just that in the U.S., Aruba and Qatar, and now they are weeks away from beginning a large new project in Riverside, California.