Aug 03 2012
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First phase of Jeddah metro plan approved
Abu Rass referred to a study conducted by the transportation committee as the catalyst behind the approval. The study concluded that the current underpasses being constructed in the city would not alleviate traffic jams and bottlenecks.
"The study showed that 96 percent of Jeddah's inhabitants use vehicles as their primary mode of transportation and only 4 percent use public transportation. This is hugely out of sync with the rest of the world where up to 70 percent of the population in major cities uses public transportation," said Abu Rass.
The Kingdom is racing ahead with plans to build a metro network in major cities. Earlier this week, four consortia were shortlisted to build a new metro in Riyadh. The four groups have four months to present their financial and technical bids for the project that seeks to ease congestion on the capital's gridlocked streets.
The winner of the tender will build an underground network, provide electric trains, construct bridges and subway tunnels and provide all the engineering and design for the project, the news agency said.
The 175-kilometer electrical rail link will connect Riyadh's airport with other parts of the city, including the new King Abdullah Financial Center.
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