There’s been lots of speculation about how green the 2022 soccer World Cup in Qatar is going to be, especially considering the country has almost no public transportation and plans to air condition all of the stadiums.
Qatari officials, are however, using this as an opportunity to build the country’s infrastructure. The host country plans to invest $24 billion in transportation systems, including high-speed rail lines to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and a 340 km public transport network serving Doha and its surrounding areas, according Railway Gazette
The plans were part of Qatar’s unsuccessful bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.
“The 12 World Cup tournament venues are concentrated within a 60 km radius of Doha and will all be served by the rail network, 70 percent of which should be operational in 2020. The bid emphasized the provision of environmentally-friendly public transport, free of charge for match ticket holders, based on short transfers between the stadia, hotels and other facilities in Greater Doha.”
A $25 billion joint venture was signed between DB International and Qatari Diar to design and build Doha’s metro and suburban rail network.
The network will eventually have four lines with 98 stations. A $13 billion dollar airport is also slated to open by 2011.
One of the best things about large sports games is that they provide enough revenue for cities to build badly needed infrastructure. While Qatar has never been a poor country, the World Cup provides the country with the incentive to build rail and subway lines.
Currently, most residents of Qatar either take cabs or drive everywhere. Once the system is built, hopefully people will make a permanent switch — beyond just the World Cup.
And for a country with a seemingly endless supply of oil, that is really a big step.
Considering how expensive World Cup tickets are, the transportation is also free for ticket holders, which we think is great! Maybe the 2022 option isn’t looking so bad after all.
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