Qatar’s public transit system to go completely green by switching to electric vehicles
Qatar’s efficient public transportation system had been the cynosure of all eyes when the country hosted the Middle East’s first ever FIFA World Cup late last year.
And now, the system will become even more eco-friendly after getting fully electrified as a direct legacy of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, said a top official.
“The mega sporting event has built a legacy for Qatar’s transportation system. The country’s public transportation system will be switched to electric completely,” Khaled Hassan Kafud, Director of Public Relations and Communication Department at Mowasalat (Karwa), was quoted as saying.
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Apart from public transit buses, Mowasalat deployed about 2,500 eco-friendly buses for schools, ferrying over 60,000 students every day.
The Lusail Bus Depot recently set a Guinness world record as the largest electric bus depot with a capacity of 478 buses. It relies on solar energy for charging and includes some 11,000 PV solar panels to generate 4 megawatts of power daily to feed its buildings.
The depot, which is a part of the Ministry of Transport’s Public Bus Infrastructure Programme, consists of eight bus stations and four depots supported with more than 650 electric charging units for e-bus operations.
It also includes four Park & Ride parking lots that serve public transit and mobility, in addition to developing over 2,300 bus stops within and outside of Doha City.
Muhammad Al Khatib, Facilities Manager at Mowasalat (Karwa), said about 2,000 drivers from 45 nations were staying in accommodations provided by the company.
For the 2022 World Cup, Mowasalat had deployed 4,000 buses and a workforce of more than 18,000 staff from 90 nations, including thousands of specially trained drivers.
Another first was the deployment of almost 900 e-buses, which reduced the event’s carbon footprint to the equivalent of the CO2 absorption of 18,078 trees.
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