Excited commuters enjoy their first ride on Doha Metro
A wave of excitement has swept across Qatar as part of the country’s first-ever railway network has been opened to the public.
The Doha Metro Red Line South, which is embedded within the larger railway network in Qatar, welcomed its first set of commuters earlier this morning.
The line’s initial operation for the public extends from Al Qassar (near The St Regis Doha) to Al Wakra.
Eager residents and citizens were thrilled to hop on board and be part of a momentous occasion that marks the opening of the highly-awaited mode of transportation within the country.
The first ones to experience the journey aboard the Doha Metro have shared their experiences across social networks, and it seems like it has been nothing short of amazing!
Shaun from Qatar Living was aboard the newly-launched line earlier today to answer some of the questions QLers had about the rail. The session may be useful for you too - have a look!
To further add to the swift experience of the newly-launched rail service, the support staff at the different stations have also been very helpful and efficient.
There are three different sections on the train: Standard, Family and Gold for passengers to choose from:
Commuters wishing to embark the train can also avail Mowasalat’s has special deals in their Karwa taxis or take a ride on the free-of-cost feeder buses that will help them reach the metro station.
Karwa taxis are offering a flat promotional fare of QR8 for metro commuters.
“Karwa taxi passengers travelling to and from any metro station can book your taxi through Karwa App using promo code RAIL to avail flat QR8 promotional fare for a journey within 3 kilometers,” according to a statement by Mowasalat.
The current train service will be open from Sunday to Thursday, between 8am and 11pm.
Three types of travel cards can be used to ride the Metro - Standard Travel, Gold Club and Limited Use.
Passengers can buy the Standard Travel cards from vending machines at Metro stations and licensed retailers such as Jumbo Electronics, LuLu, Al Meera and Carrefour, Qatar Rail said on its website.
Rides cost QR2 for a single journey and QR6 for day pass (Standard) while those travelling the Goldclub class will be charged QR10 and QR30, respectively.
The fee for acquiring a Standard Travel card is QR10 while the Goldclub card costs QR100 (valid for five years from the date of purchase); credits for travel have to be added on to these cards. Children aged below five can travel for free.
There are also Limited Use cards that can be used for a single journey or for day-long travel. These cards cannot be topped up with travel credits unlike the Standard and Goldclub cards.
Here's a route map of all the stations the line covers:
Qatar Rail said commuters who travel from Al Wakra station can benefit from the free 'park and ride' provision on the western side of the shelter that has a capacity of 300 vehicles.
Folding bikes, wheelchairs, and motorised wheelchairs will be permitted inside the trains except for mobility scooter, hover-board or any motorised transport.
Eating on board the train is prohibited but drinking from containers with sealable-tops is allowed.
Did you get a chance to take your first ride on the Doha Metro? How was your experience? Let us know in the comments below!
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