Doha Metro to reduce car travel by 2 million km per day

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Once commissioned, Doha Metro will save 2 million km of travel by car per day, resulting in a substantial fall in the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, a senior official of Qatar Rail has said.

“The rail projects are expected to bring a reduction by 258,000 tons of CO2 per year,” explained Abdulla Abdulaziz al-Subaie, managing director and chairman of the executive committee of Qatar Rail.

“When the Metro has been built and put into place, we need a mind-set and attitude shift from the current transport scene backed by private cars,” he told during a presentation at Ahmed Bin Mohammed Military College.

“At the end, it is not sustainable that everyone has their own car and we have to be very conscious towards the economic and social productivity and environmental protection of the state,” he stressed.

The location of 38 stations of Doha Metro are strategised to be in highly dense areas around Doha and the reach of metro service is planned to be broadened by the use of feeder buses to cover neighbourhoods not accessible on foot.

“The metro will provide jobs for many, and prove to be a major step forward for the nation in accomplishing every aspect of the ‘National Vision 2030’, that aims at transforming Qatar to an advanced country capable of achieving sustainable development, and ensuring a continued and decent standard of living for its people.

“This means in transport terms ease of movement and access to business, education and leisure facilities in a seamless way whilst respecting environment.

“Qatar Rail is equipped with the strategies to ensure that the Doha Metro, Lusail Light Rail Transit and Long Distance Passenger and Freight projects are heading to achieve the target start dates as planned,” added al-Subaie.

The session was attended by Brigadier Hamad Ahmed al-Nuaimi, commander of the Ahmed Bin Mohamed Military College, Dr Khaled al-Khater, dean of the College and members of the faculty and students.

Source : Gulf Times

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