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Doha metro to be ticket-less

Doha metro to be ticket-less

...And better than Dubai's?


Image: Doha Metro

Doha's new metro service is set to be installed without the need for a ticket system, and plans to be more convenient than Dubai's own service

With a design that does not include large ticket offices and machines, the plans for Doha's new metro service means that it could become a completely "open" way to travel.

Doha Metro will essentially be ticket-less, with passengers likely to carry a chip-reading device in their pockets or bags, a senior Qatar Rail executive has revealed. 

“You basically detect if somebody has a chip card or some intelligent ticket in their pocket and you have a head count with a visual system [at the door of the metro carriages],” Leckel said. “The technology is there.”

Chief technical officer Daniel Leckel said technology would be so advanced by the time the metro opened in 2016 tickets would no longer be necessary, saving time, space and cost.

“You basically detect if somebody has a chip card or some intelligent ticket in their pocket and you have a head count with a visual system [at the door of the metro carriages],” said Chief Technical Officer, Daniel Leckel, adding, “The technology is there.”

Or at least it will be, by the time the Doha Metro opens in 2016. 

Leckel has also spoken out about his desire to improve on the experience of Dubai's own metro service, saying that Doha's stations will be better connected to nearby developments. 

“A big problem in Dubai is the connection of the metro to [nearby] developments,” Leckel said during a presentation at Cityscape Qatar this week, “it's very difficult to come from the Dubai Metro to a nearby mall or something because the stations are too remote.”

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