Riyadh – The Riyadh City Royal Commission announced the completion of the construction and civil works of the Riyadh Metro project. The overall project has reached 92% completion.
Hossam Al-Qurashi, the advisor at the commission, stated after making an inspection tour of one of the trains on its trial run.
Speaking to the Al-Arabiya channel, Al-Qurashi said Riyadh Metro took delivery of over 180 trains; and these are on a trial run. The trial operations of the trains have seen the trains run over 2 million kilometers on all tracks, he said.
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The Riyadh electric train, or the Riyadh Metro, is part of the King Abdulaziz Public Transport Project, consisting of trains and buses. He said that preparations are underway to start the operation of buses in the city. He said they will begin to receive passengers from the first quarter of 2022.
Al-Qurashi said the Riyadh Metro is one of the giant projects in the world. It includes 85 railway stations, apart from six major metro lines established to cover Riyadh’s capital city from all directions. There will also be a network of buses covering 1800 km.
He said that 80 percent of the works of railway stations and 350 km of railroads across the city were complete; bringing down the number of car trips by approximately 250,000 per day; and saving around 400,000 liters of fuel per day, thus bringing down carbon emissions.