Qatar Rail Company (Qatar Rail) marked the third anniversary of the launch of the preview service of Doha Metro, which has become a key transportation choice for the country's residents and visitors, and the backbone of the integrated public transport system in Qatar.
On May 8, 2019, Qatar Rail started the preview service of Doha Metro with 13 stations on the Red Line, starting from Al Qassar station in the north to Al Wakra station in the south. The three metro lines that form the current network were fully operational by September 2020.
With the ongoing support and wise guidance of the Qatar leadership, Ministry of Transport and other partners, Doha Metro has witnessed remarkable success and continuous operational achievements year after year. Doha Metro gained the trust of residents and visitors of the country by providing a safe, modern, advanced and sustainable transportation service that allowed passengers to move easily between key attractions and destinations in the country.
Over the past three years, Qatar Rail has been keen to build national capacities in its projects by investing in resources, providing opportunities for training and career development in this new sector, thereby ensuring Qatari talents are empowered and enabled to contribute to the success of these national projects.
Doha Metro services witnessed a continuous growth since launch. More than 1.5 million Travel Cards (Standard & Gold club) have been sold since day one up until March 2022.
Qatar Rail has also committed to providing a seamless travel experience through accompanying services such as metrolink and metroexpress. Over three years, the metrolink route network has grown from 13 routes to 43 routes covering areas around metro stations.
Further to this, the metroexpress service currently covers 7 metro stations: DECC, West Bay - QE, Al Qassar, Katara, Legtaifiya and Qatar University, Al Waab QLM, in addition to 5 stations on the Orange Line at Lusail Tram. This is as compared to only two metro stations being serviced by metroexpress when it was launched in July 2019.
Doha Metro has also played an important role in the success of a various major events. The third anniversary of the launch of Doha Metro coincides with the company's operational readiness program for the 2022 World Cup. Doha Metro will provide a seamless transportation experience for football fans to reach the World Cup stadiums with ease, in addition to providing an ideal transport option for visitors and fans throughout tournament to key destinations in Qatar.