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New $22.5B Riyadh Metro Project Unveiled in Saudi Arabia

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20 August 2013 – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Riyadh Metro has announced the award of contracts for a new massive metro project to serve the city and surrounds.   Riyadh Gov. Prince Khaled bin Bandar, chairman of the High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh, unveiled the $22.5 billion Riyadh Metro Project at a grand ceremony on Sunday, 28 July 2013.

130820-pmwj14-riyadh-metro image 300x181The project was awarded to three foreign-led consortia, which will design and construct the 176-km metro project. The three contractors signed the project package with ADA in the presence of Prince Khaled.

Prince Khaled expressed happiness over the commitment made by the Saudi government led by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to implement the mega public transport project in the capital city. The project, once implemented, will reduce congestion on Riyadh’s roads and in its suburbs.

“The metro project will change the face of Riyadh,” Prince Khaled said. “The metro project has been the dream project of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.”

Construction will begin in the first quarter of 2014.

A presentation of the project’s details was made during the ceremony. A Riyadh Metro animation followed. It explained the physical and technical features of the project. An overview of the Riyadh city model showed components of the public transport network. 

Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, deputy governor of Riyadh; ADA President Ibrahim bin Muhammad Al-Sultan; American Ambassador to Saudi Arabia James Smith; German Ambassador Deiter Walter Haller; and senior Saudi officials, company executives, businessmen and foreign diplomats attended the ceremony.


The Riyadh metro is a proposed rapid transit system in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is planned as the backbone of the city’s public transport system.  The Metro Project includes the following six (6) Lines:

– Line 1 (Blue Line) runs in the North-South direction along Olaya and Batha streets, starting from slightly north of Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Street and ending at Dar Al Badia neighbourhood in the south. The Metro will be mostly underground in a bored tunnel along Olaya and King Faisal Streets, and elevated on a viaduct along Batha Street and at the northern and southern ends. Line 1 extends over a length of approximately 38 Km and features 22 stations, in addition to 4 transfer stations with Lines 2, 3, 5, and 4&6.

– Line 2 (Green Line) runs in the East-West direction along King Abdullah Road, between King Saud University and the Eastern Sub-Center, mostly on a raised strip in the median of the planned freeway. This Line extends over a length of about 25.3 Km and features 13 stations, in addition to 3 transfer stations with Lines 1, 5 and 6.

– Line 3 (Red Line) runs in the East-West direction along Al – Madinah Al Munawwarah and Prince Saad Bin Abdulrahman Al Awal Roads, starting at the west near Jeddah Expressway and ending at the east near the National Guard Camp of Khashm El Aan. The Metro will be mostly elevated along the western part of Al – Madinah Al Munawwarah Road, then underground in bored and mined tunnels in the central section of the line, and generally at grade along Prince Saad Ibn Abdulrahman Road. The length of the line is approximately 40.7 Km and it features 20 stations, in addition to 2 transfer stations with Lines 1 and 6.

– Line 4 (Orange Line) reaches to King Khalid International Airport from King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), mainly on a mix of elevated and at-grade alignment. The length of the line is around 29.6 Km and it features 8 stations (3 common with Line 6), in addition to 1 transfer station with Lines 1 and 6.

– Line 5 (Yellow Line) runs underground in a bored tunnel along King Abdulaziz Street, between King Abdulaziz Historical Center and the Riyadh Airbase, before connecting with King Abdullah Road. The length of the line is about 12.9 Km and it features 10 stations, in addition to 2 transfer stations with Lines 1 and 2.

– Line 6 (Purple Line) follows a half-ring starting at King Abdullah Financial District, passing by Iman Mohamed Bin Saud University and ending at Prince Saad Ibn Abdulrahman Al Awal Road. It runs mostly elevated except along Sheikh Hasan Bin Husein Bin Ali Street. The length of the line is approximately 29.9 Km and it features 8 stations (3 common with Line 4), in addition to 3 transfer stations with Lines 1, 2 and 3.

The project is being led by Sattam bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh and Chairman of the Arriyadh Development Authority. More information at http://riyadhmetro.com/

Source: Saudi Metro