Ineco participates in the update of the Transport Master Plan 2006-2026 of Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications. The aim is to improve the country’s connections, one of the smallest in the world with a population density of 201 inhabitants per km2. The demand for transport in Qatar has experienced a steady increase in recent years as a result of its economic development and population growth, which now exceeds 2.3 million – 80% concentrated in the capital, Doha, and its surrounding areas.
The work consists of the design of a comprehensive transport plan, with forecasts of different medium and long-term traffic scenarios, proposing actions both for the execution and improvement of infrastructures and transport policies, including guides and recommendations for the displacement of pedestrians and the use of car parks.
The Plan covers the entire country and also provides access to international transport nodes: ports and airports, as well as links at the land border. It encompasses the road network, the public transport network (taxis, VTC, buses, BRT, metro, LRT, water-taxi, water-bus, etc.), pedestrian network, bicycle network, freight transport network (Truck Routes) and parking network, as well as private vehicle transport.
Technology is one of the pillars of the Plan. Evidence of this is that, in addition to including aspects associated with public transport services such as tariffs, capacities, frequencies, etc., the MaaS (Mobility as a Service) concept is also incorporated, whose main idea is that all transport services in a city are connected through a single service on mobile devices, for a single monthly fee. Therefore, the implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), as well as a GIS (Geographic Information System) portal for traffic data, is contemplated. It is also important to mention that Qatar would be one of the first countries to implement a new activity-based cost management system (ABM) – in the national transport system.