A report by The Peninsula mentioned that speaking to Qatar Radio, Khalid Kafoud, Director of Public Relations and Communications at Mowasalat (Karwa) said that Mowasalat would operate about 4,000 buses to transport fans during the World Cup.
“We have added over 2,300 buses for the sporting event. In general, about 4,000 buses will be deployed including public transit buses. Karwa will also operate 800 taxis during the World Cup. In addition, over 1,300 taxis were launched recently under the new ‘Karwa-Fox’ economy service in partnership with Fox Transport.” Customers can already opt for the new ‘Karwa-Fox’ service through the Karwa Taxi App.
"Following the efforts by Qatar to provide eco-friendly transportation, Mowasalat (Karwa) has over 850 electric buses which are operating with zero carbon emissions and are noise-free. All electric bus charging stations are working at full capacity. Fast charging stations have also been installed at various places across the country.”
On September 21 and 22, Mowasalat did a demo run to test over 2,300 tournament service buses across 80 routes, mirroring the days with the highest ridership during the World Cup. “The test aimed at evaluating the readiness of workforce, operation capacity of the fleet. Simulation of ferrying fans from accommodation to stadiums took place during the test run of the buses.”
90 new electric buses to the Metrolink fleet to cater to the needs of residential areas were also recently launched. The official said these buses according to their size are very suitable for residential areas. “They are fully electric, eco-friendly with zero carbon emissions, ensuring seamless operation because of being almost noise-free. These buses will come into operation from October 1."
Source: Qatar Radio, The Peninsula
Cover image credit: Mowasalat
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