Qatar Rail has announced the launch of the Metroexpress service for metro users in the West Bay region as part of its efforts to provide integrated transportation solutions for Doha Metro passengers.
The free trial ride-sharing service provides a quick and convenient access to DECC and West Bay QIC metro stations from points of interest in West Bay, and vice versa. The service can be booked through its designated App.
The application places seats in a single vehicle for multiple passengers travelling to one destination and through software connected to a navigation system that directs the driver of the vehicle to reach the passengers at the desired time and place, walking the shortest possible route.
The pilot service will be provided free of charge to encourage passengers to use the Metroexpress service and to evaluate the effectiveness of this service.
This service is provided strictly for Doha Metro customers registered with Qatar Rail and is to be used only in conjunction with a metro journey.
Metroexpress service operates during the current Doha Metro hours from 6 am to 11 pm.
This service will reduce the number of private cars, reduce parking problems in the West Bay area, and reduce wasting time on the roads.
Metroexpress uses a fleet of branded Mercedes Vito vans, seating 7 people per vehicle.
Users are required to register a separate account with the Metroexpress app.
The Metrolink feeder bus service launched earlier by Qatar Rail has been serving a large number of Doha Metro passengers since its inception.
The feeder bus service, being operated in association with Mowasalat , has been providing transportation to commuters around a specific area to and from the stations. They halt only at designated stops as a safety measure.
According to a previous report, many commuters were quoted as praising the benefits of the free bus service, especially at Al Wakra which also takes them to key destinations such as Ezdan Mall, Al Wakrah Hospital, Al Wakrah Sports Club and the Traffic Department, among others.
They lauded the Metrolink feeder bus service, saying it provides “a huge relief” while travelling to and from the Metro station, as well as going to a number of destinations such as the hospital and Ezdan Mall.
While the feeder bus service is currently free, it is learnt that charges may apply later on as smart card payment machines have already been installed on these buses.
One passenger said a possible plan to charge passengers a minimal fee is reasonable and will be still cheaper than taking a taxi or limousine, which costs QR8 to QR15 on an average.