Riyadh metro to put city on par with world's best - ADA
Riyadh's $22.5 billion metro project, known as called King Abdulaziz Project for Riyadh Public Transport, will be the backbone of the Saudi capital's public transport system and a linchpin of its modernisation programme, according to the authority spearheading the works.
"The project will redefine the concept of public transportation, providing Riyadh residents and visitors with a world-class transportation system," said the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA).
ADA wants the Riyadh Metro, which is expected to be completed in under five years, to place the Saudi capital on par with the world's modern cities in advanced countries.
With the great promise of the project for the residents of the capital city, Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, governor of Riyadh, commented: "There are many indirect benefits for this project. It will save a lot of time for Saudis and expats and will have a huge economic impact."
He said that the metro will ease traffic congestion and reduce pollution by cutting the number of vehicles on the city's roads.
The project is also expected to create jobs and elevate living standards in the wake of an improved transport system described as "second to none."