Mecca Metro

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Makkah Mass Rail Transit
Makkah Mass Rail Transit logo.png
Overview
Native name قطار المشاعر المقدسة
Locale Mecca
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 1 - Line B (currently open during Hajj season only)
3 (projected)[1][2]
Number of stations 7 - Line B (currently open during Hajj season only)
81 (projected)[2]
Operation
Operation will start Nov 2010 - Line B (currently open during Hajj season only)
2019 (projected)[1]
Technical
System length 188 km (117 mi) (projected)[2]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Mecca Metro or Makkah Metro (Arabic: قطار المشاعر المقدسةqtar al mashaaer al mugaddassah tr. train of holy sites) or officially known as Makkah Mass Rail Transit is a planned four-line metro system for the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.[3] The Line B is part of[3] the Makkah Metro, which opened in November 2010 and carries pilgrims during the Hajj.[4] The metro forms part of the 62bn riyal Makkah Public Transport Programme, which will includes integrated bus services.[1]

Planning[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Four new lines are to be built in three phases,[7] with work originally expected to commence construction in 2015:[1]

  • Line A: 27.7 km, 18 stations[1]
  • Line B: 11.9 km, 7 stations[1]
  • Line C: 28.3 km, 17 stations[1]
  • Line D: 35.2 km, 19 stations[1]

However, work on the planned four line, now 188-kilometer (117 mi) long, metro network is now expected to commence in 2016.[2]

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