75% of Riyadh Metro Project Work Completed, Riyadh Emir Says

Saudi Arabia’s ambitious and sprawling Riyadh metro project is 75% completed, Riyadh Emir Prince Faisal Bin Bandar said after chairing the Arriyadh Development Authority meeting on Monday.

Prince Faisal, who is also the chairman of the board of directors of Arriyadh Development Authority and chairman of the supreme committee for supervision of the King Abdul Aziz Public Transport Project in Riyadh, expressed his happiness at receiving coaches for the Riyadh bus project, the Saudi Gazette reported.

Riyadh Emir Prince Faisal Bin Bandar.

Riyadh Emir Prince Faisal Bin Bandar.

CEO of Arriyadh Development Authority Eng. Tariq Al-Faris said that 100% work has been completed for deep tunnels and bridges and 93% for surface routes.

The Riyadh Metro is a landmark project for the country that will significantly improve mobility and reduce carbon emissions and congestion in the city. It is also critical for future economic development.

The trains will be self-driving and will travel along a loop, so the trains never have to turn around.

“The project is creating job opportunities during construction and into the future. Just look at construction of other large metro systems we’ve been a part of – London’s Crossrail, Washington DC’s Metrorail, and Toronto’s Subway, for example – and you can see the impact such public transportation projects have on regions and nations,” Bechtel’s Country Manager for Saudi Arabia, Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Ghabban said in an exclusive interview with SUSTG this year.