By Ayman Adly / Staff Reporter
The popularity of Doha Metro Red Line South as an effective means of transport is expected to boost businesses within its coverage area. Currently, passengers can use the metro from Al Wakrah to Al Qassar, passing through 13 stations.
Many residents living in the vicinity of the metro stations are using the service on a daily basis for commuting to work. Also, many are using the service for easy access to shopping malls, recreational areas or just getting around the city.
“If you are living at Al Wakrah or West Bay and want to go shopping taking the metro would save time and hassle of possible traffic delays. And the cost is also very reasonable,” pointed out John, an Australian resident.
Another resident who hails from New Zealand expected more metro lines to be introduced soon. He said the real estate market value of the areas around the stations would increase and attract more investors and developers.
“People would love to live and work in such areas as they do not have to worry about transportation. This limited introduction of the metro service has eased the lives of many people and improved the businesses of many commercial outlets alongside the stations,” he observed.
The metro currently does not run on Fridays and Saturdays to complete the necessary works to open more stations and links. Since the metro first launched its service in Doha early this month, passengers have been keen to use it for their daily commute and gave very positive reports about the service and its smooth operation.
Many residents have stopped using their own vehicles for going to places covered by the metro. Besides, the availability of metro has encouraged them to go more often to areas earlier considered “too far” by road. Several shopping outlets and business establishments along the Red Line have been receiving more customers since the launch of the metro, it is learnt.
Full metro network
The full metro network consists of three lines; Red, Green and Gold with 37 stations will be in service by 2020. The Red Line, which runs for 40km from Al Wakrah in the south to Lusail in the north, also connects Hamad International Airport at Terminal 1 to the centre of the city. It has 18 stations.
The Legtaifiya Station will also allow passengers to transfer over to the Lusail Tram, in addition to another interchange station between the metro and the tram called Lusail Central. The line offers a very convenient and reliable alternative to driving within the heart of the capital. The Green Line runs east from Al Mansoura to Al Riffa in the west. As it passes through Education City, the line is also known as the Education Line. There are eleven stations along the line; aside from Education City, notable stops include Hamad Hospital, Al Shaqab, and the Qatar National Library.
The east-west Gold (Historic) Line extends from Ras Bu Abboud to Al Aziziyah. Eleven stations run along the Gold Line, with stops at the National Museum of Qatar, Souq Waqif, and Al Waab (near Villagio Mall). Al Bidda station provides transfer facility between Red and Green Lines, while Msheireb station provides transfer facility among Red, Green and Gold Lines, according to https://www.qr.com.qa.
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