The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC), yesterday, signed a contract Gulf Business Machines Qatar (GBM), in partnership with in partnership with MSI Global of Singapore, which operates in the field of taxi systems, ticketing and electronic payment, for the establishment of the Integrated Automated Fare Collection and Ticketing System in the State of Qatar.
The new system provides a unified ticketing mechanism for public transport within Qatar's internal transportation network, latest credit card payment technologies in addition to payment via smartphones and smartwatches. The project will be completed and operational by 2020.
The project aims to improve Qatar's transportation system functionality, achieve integration and encourage people to use public transport more frequently by providing a more flexible and seamless system. It also aims to achieve a set of environmental goals by helping in reducing emissions that result from high use of private vehicles. Additionally, it aims to apply the country's transportation systems integration plans through deploying world's latest technologies and best standards. Moreover, the new system is hoped to lower traffic-related problems by easing pressure on road networks. It would also help increase traffic safety, achieve the economic goals associated with the efficiency of mobility, transportation and logistics services.
On this occasion, HE Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications said that the project comes within the Ministry's efforts to further improve the performance and integration of the country's transportation system to achieve the economic objectives associated with transportation efficiency and effectiveness. He said it would also encourage the public to use this well-equipped and modern public transit easily and smoothly, within a framework of collaboration between Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) and Mowasalat (Karwa). This, he added, would help in the integration of all current and future land and marine transport networks.
Source: Government of Qatar