Keolis to operate Qatar’s first public transport network

Keolis’ joint-venture with RATP Dev and a Qatari group has been awarded the operations and maintenance contract of Qatar’s future public transport rail network, consisting of three automated metro lines and four tram lines. The win confirms the Group’s leading role in the global mass transit market for major metropolitan areas.

An emblematic, 20-year contract

RKH Qitarat, the joint-venture based on a consortium between Keolis and RATP Dev (49%) and Hamad Group (51%), was chosen on 7 December 2017 by Qatar Rail, the Qatari national public transport operator, to ensure the operations and maintenance of the future automated, driverless metro in Doha and the light rail of Lusail, the new city currently being constructed north of the capital of Qatar. Qatar Rail is currently building the infrastructure for what will become the first public transport network in the country.

The contract is estimated to be worth 3 billion euros over a 20-year period.  

Two transport modes for one high capacity network

The Doha metro will be completely automated and driverless. It will be equipped with Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) technology, a control system based on WiFi communication between vehicles and the computers controlling traffic. The metro will consist of three mostly underground lines totalling 75km, which will connect the international airport to the city of Lusail in just 36 minutes. 640,000 daily passengers are expected from 2021.

The Lusail light rail network (50% of which will be underground) will span 18km of track. It will connect four lines serving 25 stations. The network will be completed in 2020.

icone transports

automated metro lines
75km of track, 37 stations

icone transports

light rail lines
18km of track, 25 stations

Making Doha a model for smart cities 

This project is part of the strategic ‘Qatar Vision 2030’, the government’s plan to ensure the emirate’s economic, social and environmental development. It also aligns with the government’s goal to make Qatar a benchmark for smart cities of tomorrow. The emirate has already taken steps towards this goal by investing in public transport, aiming to reduce congestion on major roads that have expanded significantly over recent years. By offering a new daily mobility solution to the two million inhabitants of Doha and the future 240,000 inhabitants of Lusail, the new network will reduce the role of individual cars in the capital and its suburbs, which make up 90% of the country’s entire population.

A new challenge for Keolis and its partners

Less than one year to prepare, instead of the normal 18-month timeframe. Keolis, RATP Dev and Hamad Group are preparing for the launch of the first stage of the Doha metro in record time. During this mobilisation phase, the joint-venture will recruit and train its new employees, whose number will increase from 100 in the beginning of 2018 to 1,500, within two years.  

Once the work is completed, RATP Dev and Keolis will show off their multimodal expertise and operational excellence to the Qatari government. The goal: to deliver the best possible mobility experience to the inhabitants of the country and to fans from around the world who will attend the opening and closing matches of the 2020 World Cup, to be held in Lusail. 

A contract that reinforces Keolis’ global leadership

For Keolis, this new major mass transit contract re-establishes the Group’s position as a global leader in the automated metro and light rail markets.  It is another example of its growing international success since the end of 2016, with the Shanghai-Pudong International Airport (China) automated metro contract win, tram contract wins in Greater Manchester (United Kingdom) and Newcastle (Australia), the launch of the automated metro in Hyderabad (India) and the future first automated metro line in Shanghai.