Qatar Rail is set to start the preview service of the Doha Metro Green Line for the public on December 10, Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has announced.
The preview service of the Green Line will also include the opening of four more stations on the Red Line – Hamad International Airport, Katara, Qatar University and Lusail, according to Qatar Rail.
With this, “test operations on all three Doha Metro lines will have been conducted”, the MoTC said. Earlier, Qatar Rail had started services on the Gold Line on November 21, while the Red Line was opened on May 8 this year.
The Green Line runs from Al Mansoura to Al Riffa and comprises a total of 11 stations. The other stations are Msheireb (interchange), Al Bidda (interchange), The White Palace, Hamad Hospital, Al Messila, Al Rayyan Al Qadeem, Al Shaqab, Qatar National Library and Education City.
Like the Red and Gold lines, the Green Line will operate from 6am to 11pm between Saturday and Thursday, and from 2pm to 11pm on Fridays.
Metrolink feeder bus services will be available during these timings to transport passengers between the Metro stations and areas near them, according to the MoTC. The routes can be found on the Qatar Rail application and the company’s website.
Passengers using the Green Line can use any of the two interchange stations, Msheireb and Al Bidda, to switch over to another line. While Msheireb serves as an interchange station for all three lines (Red, Gold and Green), Al Bidda is an interchange station for the Red and Green lines.
With the opening of the Green Line, Metro passengers – especially football enthusiasts – will have easy access to the new Education City Stadium – one of the venues of the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup as well as the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup.
The stadium is set to be inaugurated on Qatar National Day (December 18), hosting UEFA Champions League winners Liverpool FC in one of the semi-finals of the Club World Cup that evening. The stadium will also host the third-place play-off and the final of the tournament, both on December 21.
People in Qatar can already access two other 2022 World Cup venues, Khalifa International Stadium in Doha and Al Janoub Stadium in Wakrah, by using Doha Metro’s Gold and Red lines, respectively.
Besides stadiums, the opening of all three lines also allows Qatar residents and visitors to easily access major malls such as City Center Doha (DECC station, Red Line), Villaggio (Al Aziziyah station, Gold Line) and Mall of Qatar (Al Riffa station, Green Line), among other popular destinations.
A Day Pass for all lines costs QR6, while a single trip costs QR2 in the standard and family class, and QR10 in the gold class. Metro passengers will not be required to tap in and out when interchanging between lines as long as they remain within the paid area.(GulfTimes)