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Government greenlights Jeddah metro

The Saudi transport ministry and the mayoralty of Jeddah have approved the first phase of the Red Sea port-city’smetro project. Initially, the network will link the new King Abdulaziz International Airport, Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium in downtown Al-Ruwais and Al-Khozam district. The approval comes after the conclusion of a study that showed the current underpasses […]

The Saudi transport ministry and the mayoralty of Jeddah have approved the first phase of the Red Sea port-city’smetro project.

Initially, the network will link the new King Abdulaziz International Airport, Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium in downtown Al-Ruwais and Al-Khozam district.

The approval comes after the conclusion of a study that showed the current underpasses being constructed in the city would not alleviate traffic jams and bottlenecks.

“The study showed that 96% of Jeddah’s inhabitants use vehicles as their primary mode of transportation and only 4% use public transportation,” the mayor of Jeddah, Hani Abu Rass, told the Saudi Gazette.

“This is hugely out of sync with the rest of the world where up to 70% of the population in major cities uses public transportation,” said Abu Rass.

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