With more than 73% completed, the Doha Metro is on the fast track to completion
There is little doubt that the Doha Metro, which is progressing at a fast pace, is a dream project for the country.
Construction work for it is now more than 73% complete, said the Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, according to Gulf Times. Work on the Lusail Tram project has also been completed 69%.
The top official said that the Doha Metro Project will be completed by 2020, providing the residents a chance to ride trains that are among the fastest in the region, reported The Peninsula.
Prime Minister and Interior Minister HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani visited the Doha Metro Economic Zone Station and observed the progress at the site. He also reviewed key achievements made by the company in 2017 as well as future plans.
The PM also took a ride on a Doha Metro train, which carried out its first trial run through a tunnel between the Economic Zone Station and Oqba Bin Nafie Station and the upper track to Al Wakra Station. All previous trial runs were carried out on elevated tracks, reported Qatar Tribune.
The state-of-the-art Economic Zone Station is located at the intersection of F-Ring Road and Al Wakra Road.
The completed station will be able to accommodate up to 15,000 passengers per hour and will serve as the focal point and main transport hub for the Qatar Economic Zone in Ras bu Fontas due to its proximity with Hamad International Airport.
Al Sulaiti said that Qatar Rail had already received 20 trains and 55 more were on the way. The work on the Red Line of the project, connecting Al Wakra to Lusail, is 93% complete. Trial runs on the whole stretch is expected to begin by the end of this year.