Qatar’s capital Doha now has an operating automated metro network.
The RKH Qitarat joint venture, consisting of RATP Dev, Keolis and Hamad Group, completed Doha’s driverless metro network on 10 December with the opening of the green line and the second section of the red line. It was only recently that the first section of the red line and the gold line started carrying passengers – on 8 May 2019 and 21 November 2019 respectively. The total length of the network now measures 76km with 37 stations.
In December 2017 Qatar Rail awarded a 20-year contract covering both the operation and maintenance of the complete metro network as well as the Lusail tram network, which should open in 2020.
The driverless metro system features Grade of Operation level 4, which means unattended train operation (UTO). The metro trains will start and stop automatically, and the doors will also operate without any on-train staff. The headway is five minutes.
“Today is a big day for both the people of Qatar and visitors who will be able to move around the city using a world-class public transport network featuring the most advanced technology. We have worked closely with Qatar Rail in the run-up to this opening to guarantee swift and safe journeys for our passengers. We will continue to do so with the aim of rapidly growing ridership on this comfortable and environmentally-friendly shared mobility solution.”
The metro runs services all days excluding Saturdays and no morning services on Fridays. The metro’s expected daily ridership is 650,000.
The 18km Lusail light rail network currently under construction to the north of Doha will operate Alstom Citadis trams. Lusail is a new city 15km outside of Doha with a projected population of 200,000. The LRT will open in two phases in mid-2020 and have two intersections with the Doha Metro. Together, the metro and LRT systems will serve 2.6 million people in Doha and the surrounding suburbs. This equates to 90 percent of Qatar’s population.
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