Doha Metro launch likely in 2019
Doha, November 3, 2013
Following the approval of the masterplan and design of the Doha Metro, Qatar Rail has kicked off its ambitious project and aims to launch the country's first metro service in the last quarter of 2019, said a report.
Work has already begun on Musheireb station, which will be the largest junction with a 190-metre long platform located some 30 meters underground - and Education City, the second largest in the network, reported the Peninsula, citing officials.
The government has allotted all the land required for all the rail projects, including Doha Metro, the one that will connect Qatar to the upcoming GCC rail grid and Lusail City light rail, the report stated.
There will be three classes of coaches in each train. Within Doha, trains will run at a speed of 80km per hour, but outside the city limits, the speed would double. Trains will stop for about 90 seconds at rail stations for passengers to alight and board, it stated.
Within the city limits, the railroad will run underground, while outside Greater Doha, the tracks will be over ground. There will be 105 rail stations and all stations in Doha will be underground.
The designs of all stations and related buildings will be based on Arab and Islamic architecture, it added.