|Native name||مترو مكة|
|Transit type||Rapid transit|
|Number of lines||4 (projected)|
|Number of stations||88 (projected)|
|Operation will start||2019 (projected)|
|Operator(s)||Mecca Metro S.A.|
|System length||188 km (117 mi) (projected)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The Mecca Metro, officially known as Makkah Mass Rail Transit, is a planned four-line metro system for the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This will be in addition to the Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro, which opened in November 2010 and carries pilgrims during the Hajj. The metro forms part of the 62bn riyal Makkah Public Transport Programme, which will includes integrated bus services.
In August 2012 it was announced that the Saudi government had approved US$16.5 billion to build the four metro lines (182-kilometer (113 mi) long) of the system. The announcement of government financing said that the entire expansion would take 10 years. Invitation for tenders were due to be issued in January 2013.
- Line A: 27.7 km, 18 stations
- Line B: 11.9 km, 7 stations
- Line C: 28.3 km, 17 stations
- Line D: 35.2 km, 19 stations
- Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro
However, work on the planned four line, now 188-kilometer (117 mi) long, metro network is now expected to commence in 2016.
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