Public transport in the Gulf Region: is the development of a BRT system a viable option for Doha?

Azzali, Simona (2017) Public transport in the Gulf Region: is the development of a BRT system a viable option for Doha? Journal of Sustainable Development, 10 (6). pp. 234-240.

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Motorisation is increasing globally, especially in major cities of Asia and the Gulf region. To illustrate, over the last decades, Doha, the capital city of Qatar, has experienced a fast urban growth along with a wide increase in the need for new transportation options. Recently, the Qatari Government has planned to improve Doha’s transport system, by developing projects that include a new metro and light rail scheme. On the other hand, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)’s track record provides a compelling case for more cities to consider it as a transit priority. Within this context, this article critically examines three relevant factors (implementation time, cost effectiveness, and performance) for the successful dissemination of BRTs in relation to the city of Doha. The article argues that the implementation of a BRT scheme is a beneficial and effective alternative to the metro scheme that is under construction in the city.

Item ID: 54616
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1913-9071
Keywords: Gulf region, Doha, BRT systems, transport policy, sustainable mobility
Copyright Information: Copyright for this article is retained by the author(s), with first publication rights granted to the journal. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (
Funders: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)
Projects and Grants: QNRF GSRA1-1-1119-13007
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2019 22:45
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440714 Urban policy @ 50%
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330409 Transport planning @ 50%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8701 Construction Planning > 870105 Urban Planning @ 60%
88 TRANSPORT > 8898 Environmentally Sustainable Transport > 889899 Environmentally Sustainable Transport not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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