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The World Cup of urban transport in Doha

December 2020

The World Cup of urban transport in Doha
In Doha, the metro projects should be completed by 2022.

Thales is building a rapid transit system in Qatar that will not only comfortably and seamlessly carry the expected million visitors to the 2022 World Cup, but that will also massively increase the share of public transport from 0.5 percent today to 21 percent in just a few years.

On the three lines of the Doha Metro, 110 fully automated trains will be running on a total of 85 kilometres of track. They will connect the most important areas of Doha, including Hamad International Airport, the old city and the newly developing inner city areas. The Thales VOBC (Vehicle On Board Computer) devices are part of the CBTC (Communications Based Train Control) signalling system Sel-Trac™. They enable the train to communicate with the rest of the system, including trackside equipment and the control centre, and provide the entire system with real-time updates on speed, location and other operational information about the train. This ensures efficiency and safety, and maximizes capacity while reducing train headways to a minimum.

Thales’ fully integrated operations control centre ensures a seamless operation across the Doha metro network by providing real-time control mechanisms. It integrates and manages data from multiple third-party systems and provides a holistic view of the network. Thanks to its centralized coordination function, the operations control centre improves the incident response time and ultimately reduces network congestion, emissions and travel times. In addition, Thales’communication and security systems improve video surveillance in stations and on board trains. The integrated approach of video analysis and its connection to a centralised system provides a safe and timely train experience for commuters. The Red Line, the longest with 18 stations over 40 kilometres, is already operational. The Golden Line, consisting of eleven stations, is also in operation. Both lines have already served commuters and tourists as well as major events.

Thales has been able to meet the schedule thanks to the experience gathered in other major metro projects around the world. Thales is playing a key role in ensuring the success of this important part of Qatar’s National Development Plan for 2030. In Doha, the metro projects should be completed by 2022. Thales is building a rapid transit system in Qatar that will not only comfortably and seamlessly carry the expected million visitors to the 2022 World Cup, but that will also massively increase the share of public transport from 0.5 percent today to 21 percent in just a few years. The World Cup of urban transport in Doha Firstly, the company is supplying key elements of the new metro. These include a complete train control system with driverless CBTC (Communications Based Train Control) signalling, the operations control centre as well as the passenger information and announcement systems, CCTV (video surveillance) for passenger traffic management and safety and automatic ticketing systems. Secondly, Thales’ experience in integrated project management turned it into the only interface with the eight different contractors and their electromechanical suppliers. The project is part of a wider mission to fulfil Qatar’s National Vision 2030 plan and helps to meet its objective to reduce the country’s energy consumption and carbon footprint.