Qatar's plan to develop public transport sector
Qatar plans to upgrade transport sector to serve its residents past the World Cup event
Qatar is to have 2,000 public transport buses on roads by 2020.
That was the view given by HE the Minister of Transport Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti, who was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 2nd UITP MENA Public Transport for Large Events & Showcase and 2nd UITP Taxi Conference at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
According to the minister, while the plan was to meet the travel requirements of visitors to the World Cup event, the country was also committed to put in place a vastly developed public transport infrastructure for residents.
He pointed out that the country is committed to building about 2500 kilometres of Expressways by 2030 and the Doha Metro network will see the laying of 84km of railway lines and have 38 stations by 2019, reported the Gulf Times.
The minister stressed that even after the World Cup eight years from now, work on extending the rail network would continue and by 2030, Qatar would have 233km of railway lines, serving 96 stations.
In addition, the Lusail Light Rail would have a length of 35km with 32 stations, he said and added that the plan outlay of more than QR157bn in the next eight years for building the road and rail networks would transform Qatar's public transport sector, the daily noted.
While recalling the ongoing works to expand the Expressway network, Al-Sulaiti said Qatar would have about 160 bridges, mainly interchanges, across its major roads in the next decade.
He drew attention to the QR27bn New Doha Port which, on completion, he said, would go a long way in enhancing Qatar's maritime connectivity.
In his opening address, Prime Minister and Interior Minister HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani said the hosting of an event of this magnitude, where several acclaimed public transport experts and policy makers were in attendance, would help the region pursue its ambitious efforts to build the massive GCC rail network, covering all six Gulf states.
Secretary General of the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Hassan al-Thawadi said there is a great necessity for co-operation between each stakeholder for the successful execution of any major sport extravaganza.