The Doha Metro and Lusail Tram networks in Qatar carried a total of 2,164,211 passengers since the start of the AFC Asian Cup until the end of the second round, Qatar Railways company (Qatar Rail) has said.
A Qatar Rail post on X noted that 2,086,162 passengers used the Doha Metro while 78,049 passengers utilised the Lusail Tram.
During the first round of the tournament’s group stage, Qatar Rail transported more than a million passengers, with a statement noting that from January 12 to January 16, the total number of passengers reached 1,079,340. Out of this, 1,040,973 passengers used the metro and 38,367, the tram.
According to Qatar Rail, the networks witnessed huge demand, particularly on the opening day of the tournament, which featured the Qatar versus Lebanon match at Lusail Stadium. On this day alone, the metro and tram combined transported 234,862 passengers.
Qatar Rail noted that the Doha Metro played a key role in providing connectivity to key event areas and attractions, including Souq Waqif, Lusail Boulevard, Katara and Al Bidda Park, where the Expo 2023 Doha is currently being held. The metro is directly connected to Al Bidda and Corniche stations on the Red Line.
The busiest stations on the Doha Metro were Lusail QNB, DECC and Msheireb while Legtaifiya emerged as the busiest stop along the Lusail Tram route.
For the AFC Asian Cup, Qatar Rail has deployed its fleet of 110 modern, comfortable and secure Doha Metro trains, including six-carriage trains on the Red Line. This doubled the capacity to 1,120 passengers per train.
To ensure the efficient movement of passengers, Qatar Rail adopted advanced systems and closely monitored the Command Suite, providing real-time information about passenger flow before and after matches. It also deployed additional staff at stations and introduced complimentary Day Passes for match-day ticket holders, improving the overall transportation experience for fans.
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