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RKH Qitarat has opened the green line and the second section of the red line of the driverless metro network in Doha, Qatar.
With the opening of these lines on 10 December, all lines of the network are open to the public.
RKH Qitarat is a joint venture of RATP Dev and Keolis (49%) and Hamad Group (51%).
In 2017, RKH Qitarat secured a 20-year operations and maintenance contract for the Doha automated metro and the Lusail light rail network from the national public transport operator Qatar Rail.
Qatar Rail opened the gold line in November this year and the first section of the red line in May.
The Doha Metro consists of three lines, green, red and gold. It spans over 76km and has 37 stations.
Its comes just in time for the FIFA Club World Cup, beginning 11 December. Qatar will also host the Football World Cup in 2022.
The Doha Metro is part of the ‘Qatar Vision 2030’ project, aimed at boosting the city’s appeal with improved mobility alternatives.
The 40km long red line serves the Katara cultural village, Souq, Corniche and the Hamad International Airport.
The 22km green line links the universities and hospitals with the Qatar National Convention Centre. It also stops close to the Mall of Qatar, the Qatar National Library and Education City.
Spanning 14km, the gold line serves the national museum, Villagio Mall and the Aspire Zone sporting complex.
Legtaifiya station on the red line is operational but will only open to the public next year.
The metro network features trains manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Thales’ signalling technology. It also incorporates Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) technology.
RKH managing director Thierry Couderc said: “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 2017 contract also includes the operation and maintenance of tram lines in a new city, Lusail, which is situated 15km from Doha. The tram line spans over 18km and will cater to 25 stations. Alstom was contracted for 28 trams for this line.
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