(MENAFN) As it will add six new lines worth up to USD22.5 billion to Saudi Arabia's capital, the Riyadh Metro project will be ready to start operation in 2021, a senior minister said.
The soft opening of the metro, which is currently under construction, will be in 2019, Saudi economy minister Mohammad Al Tuwaijri said, adding that the soft opening of Jeddah's new international airport is set for May this year.
The metro public transit, with a parallel bus network, will have six lines traveling 176 kilometres with 85 metro stations and the bus network will have 956 vehicles covering 1,150 kilometres of route length.
It is hoped that the project will help to resolve the transit problems in this rapidly increasing city.
Driven by strong economic growth, Riyadh's population will rise from current 6.5 million people to 8.3 million people by 2030, creating new demands for transport links.