Obtaining a faster, cheaper and environmentally sustainable transport are the premises on which the majority of governments of large cities in the Middle East are focused. An example is the program developed by the city of Qatar, where the tram Lusail, along with the Doha Metro, the long-distance passenger network and the freight one, with an investment of M $30,000, will create an integrated transport system.
The Doha Metro, with a total budget that will exceed €20,000 M, will revolutionize the way people move around Doha and its suburbs. When it is launched for the first time in 2019, most of the places in the capital will be conveniently nearby, without the trouble of traffic. For example, a trip from Msheireb to the University of Qatar currently takes 28 minutes. With the Doha Metro it will be 10 minutes faster and will save 1.9 kg of greenhouse gas.
The Doha Metro will be built in two phases: the first phase will consist of the Red, gold and green line in 2019, with 37 stations and 75 kilometres. Future phases involve the introduction of an additional line (blue) and the expansion of existing ones, with 60 additional stations and more than 130 kilometres. The Msheireb station will serve as the heart of the first phase, with connections to the Red, Gold and Green lines. With most of Doha ‘s Metro stations being underground, TBM are being implemented to excavate below the capital, since for the most part, it will be invisible to the population of the city. The TBMs are the most efficient and environmentally friendly way to tunnel.
Comfort, reliability and sustainable transport are the foundations of a project that meets the ambitions of Qatar’s National Vision 2030.