RKH Qitarat, the JV of Keolis, RATP Dev and the Hamad Group, opened Doha metro Green Line and the second section of the Red Line. This follows the recent opening of the Gold Line and the first section of the Red Line. It is expected that 650,000 daily passengers will use the the metro transport services.
The launch comes in time for the FIFA Club World Cup and for the Football World Cup that Qatar will host in 2022.
Following an intensive 24-month preparation period, the three lines of Doha’ automated metro are now fully operational, offering residents and visitors easy access to business, commercial and tourism hubs.
The 40 km Red Line covers the cultural village of Katara, the bustling Souq, Doha’s popular Corniche and Hamad International Airport.
The 22 km Green Line connects the Qatar National Convention Centre, the Mall of Qatar, the Qatar National Library and Education City with the town’s universities and modern hospitals.
The 14 km Gold Line serves the iconic national museum, the Villagio Mall and the Aspire Zone sporting complex. Although the Red line’s Legtaifiya station is operational, it will only open to the public in 2020 when the Lusail tram is launched.
The automated and driverless metro network is equipped with the CBTC technology, provided by Thales, and the metro trainsets operating the lines are manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
In December 2017, Qatar Rail awarded RKH Qitarat a 20-year contract for the operation and maintenance of the entire metro network comprising the three line-metro network with a total length of 76 km served by 37 stations, as well as the Lusail tram network expected to open in 2020. The 18-km tram network comprises four lines equipped with 28 Alstom-built trams serving 25 stations, half of them underground. Lusail tram connects to the Doha Metro through two interchange stations at Lusail and Legtaifiya. It is scheduled to open in two phases in mid-2020.
Doha Metro and Lusail tram system are two important projects part of Qatar National Vision 2030, established in 2008.