Posted on August 17, 2019

The Doha Metro has contributed in a big way in providing seamless transportation and convenient Eid Al Adha holidays for many people in Al Wakrah and other remote areas where the Red Line passes through.

As the Red Line covers some of the major cultural hubs where Eid festivities were held, many passengers found it fast and very convenient to travel to their preferred destinations as well as navigate other locations. “Using the metro is the fastest and cheapest way to reach Katara. Back in the day when the metro was not yet present, I used to spend at least QR45 to go to Katara by taxi and it would take around an hour to get here, but now I spent only QR2 and it took only 30 minutes to travel,” said Mohammed, a resident living in Al Wakrah who came to Katara to watch the fireworks display on Wednesday.

Making travel even hassle-free during the holidays were the Metrolink feeder buses which transport passengers to and from the metro stations for free. There are currently 24 Metrolink routes which cover nearby places where the Red Line stations are present, of which five are in Al Wakrah. “The buses have been a great help because it’s free so there’s no need to hire taxi or limousine to get to the station. The buses are also more comfortable than the usual green Karawa buses that operate around the country,” said Allan, a long-time resident in Al Wakrah.

The Karwa Bus app which shows the routes available including for both Karwa and Metrolink and displays the real-time location of the buses spare passengers the hassle of waiting in the sun. “I advise passengers like me to download the Karwa Bus app for their convenience because it is really a big help especially during summer months when temperatures are really high,” added Allan. Meanwhile, there were some passengers mostly families who opted to use their cars going to the Al Wakrah metro station and parked at the designated parking area before boarding the metro.

“We are going to Katara and I decided to use the metro instead of driving to avoid traffic jams and reach there fast,” said Faisal, who was with his whole family heading to Katara from Al Wakrah. Qatar Rail also recently launched its on-demand ride-sharing pilot, Metroexpress, in West Bay. This free-trial ride-sharing service currently covers West Bay QIC and DECC station areas and uses a fleet of vans seating seven people. It can be booked through the MetroExpress app by Doha Metro customers registered with Qatar Rail.The program accepts multiple passengers’ bookings heading in the same direction and pools them into shared vehicles, using an advanced algorithm that calculates the most direct route possible without lengthy detours, or inconvenient fixed routes and schedules.

source: The Peninsula

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