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Phase one of Qatar's first urban rail network opens

The first stage of the network includes three automated metro lines in the capital of Doha and four tram lines in the city of Lusail.

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When fully open, the metro will carry 650,000 passengers daily. Copyright: Qatar Rail
When fully open, the metro will carry 650,000 passengers daily. Copyright: Qatar Rail

The initial section of Qatar’s first urban rail transport network has opened. The Doha metro will be completely automated and driverless, incorporating three lines (Red, Green and Gold) 75km of track and 37 stations.

 

The network includes three automated metro lines in Doha, the Qatari capital, and four tram lines located in the city of Lusail.

 

Joint venture

 

The joint venture behind the metro, RKH Qitarat, comprises transportation operator, RATP Dev, public transport services and shared mobility company, Keolis and Hamad Group, which is active in areas such as construction and real estate.

 

RKH Qitarat was awarded the contract by Qatar Rail to run the country’s first urban rail transport network for a period of 20 years.

 

Initial operation includes 13 out of 18 stations of the line, which will connect Al Qassar in the north to Al Wakrah in the south. For this first stage of the launch, service will be ensured from Sunday to Thursday, from 8am to 11pm.

Developing public transport is one of the key priorities of Qatar Vision 2030, the strategic plan established in 2008

It is an important stage for testing the Doha Metro system with passengers, providing an opportunity to evaluate and review the performance in preparation for the full operation of the network in 2020.

 

This major urban project is of crucial importance for the region as 90 per cent of the Qatari population currently live in Doha and its surrounding suburbs (equivalent to 2.6 million people). Qatar wants to make its capital more attractive to visitors and facilitate the daily journeys of the population as the country prepares for the post-fuel extraction era.

 

The metro network, which is expected to be completed by 2020, will carry 650,000 passengers per day. It is also equipped with train control (CBTC) technology, a control system based on wi-fi communication between vehicles and computers controlling traffic.

 

The Lusail light rail network will cover 18km of track and consist of four lines serving 25 stations in total. Half of the network will be underground.

 

Major milestone

 

Since the award of the contract, RKH Qitarat has hired almost 1,000 employees and recruited nearly as many sub-contractors.

 

“We are proud to collaborate with Qatar Rail on a project which will facilitate the mobility of residents and visitors in Doha and Lusail and we will do our utmost to provide a world-class service quality and an amazing mobility experience,” said Thierry Couderc, RKH Qitarat CEO and managing director.

 

Developing public transport is one of the key priorities of Qatar Vision 2030, the strategic plan established in 2008, which has served the government as a road map for the state’s economic, social and environmental development.

 

The Emir of Qatar has strong development ambitions and seeks to become a global reference for smart cities. After significantly developing its road infrastructure, the state has made major investments in urban mobility and public transport to reduce serious congestion on its major roads.

 

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Public transport is a key priority of the Qatar Vision 2030. Copyright: Qatar Rail
Public transport is a key priority of the Qatar Vision 2030. Copyright: Qatar Rail
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