We can’t simply think of Kuwait Metro as an independent project. It should be seen as an integral element that is part of a multi-layered transportation network. For example, the small train that will be part of the Salmiya Park project should have easy access to a metro stop to basically expand the alternative transportation network beyond the metro itself.
Streetcars and buses are viable alternatives to patch urban areas that are inaccessible to the metro. These have to be planned together and put in place simultaneously. These can both provide shortcuts in the metro routes, as well as expanding the catchment areas where people can comfortably walk to a station. This is important in the dense urban areas. I can imagine a streetcar running through Canada Dry Street in Shuwaikh:
Most of the above ground rail lines will have to be elevated because in most places there simply isn’t any room for an on-grade light rail. This means that the stations will have to be elevated as well, like in Dubai. Access to the station (stairs, escalators, elevators) will have to be integrated into the pedestrian flow of the existing fabric. That is really hard and expensive. It has to be as easy as possible to walk to one of those things.
This is really ugly. Hilali street is going to be one of the busiest in Kuwait in a few years and will have lots of people walking on it once alHamra and United are finished. I would try to avoid elevated lines as much as possible (they cost a lot more than just building it on the ground). I would gladly sacrifice a lane on either side to make that happen. In fact, I would want it to look like this:
I moved the four lane two-way street to the north side and made the south side of the street pedestrian + light rail. I did the same thing for Canada Dry Street in the image earlier. That’s really the only way to keep the light rail network on grade because you save some space by removing the useless island that was in the middle of the road. It would be a bad idea to have an elevated light rail in the middle, flanked by a street on either side. I hope they don’t end up doing that because it’s the easier option (politically) even though it would end up being more expensive.