As part of its initiative to provide a seamless transportation experience to and from the metro stations, Qatar Rail has announced the launch of its on-demand ride-sharing pilot, metroexpress, in West Bay.
The free trial ride-sharing service provides metro users with quick and convenient access to DECC and West Bay QIC metro stations (and therefore other stations on the Metro) from points of interest in West Bay, and vice versa.
metroexpress can be booked through the designated app (on iOS or Android). The program accepts multiple passengers' bookings heading in the same direction and pools them into shared vehicles, using an advanced algorithm that calculates the most direct route possible without lengthy detours, or inconvenient fixed routes and schedules.
The new metroexpress on-demand service operates Sunday to Thursday from 06:00 – 23:00.
This service is exclusive for Doha Metro passengers registered with Qatar Rail and can be only used in conjunction with a metro ride. The service is offered, for now, on a complimentary basis to encourage the use of the Metro.
The service will contribute to the reduction in the number of private vehicles on the road, and therefore less carbon emissions, and provides an alternative to users who usually face issues with finding parking in the West Bay area.