The Riyadh Metro Project is a rapid transit system that is currently under construction in the capital city of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. The transit system will include six metro lines that span a total length of 176 kilometers.
It will be served by 85 stations that will include several interchange stations. For 15 out of the total number of stations, the naming rights are being planned to be awarded to the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA). These naming rights will be inclusive of advertising within the stations as well as space for shops.
The stations and vehicles along the Riyadh Metro will be constantly monitored by early warning systems, cameras, and communication systems, that are all directly connected to the main control center. The main stations involved in the project are characterized by monorail sites that have been designed on several levels.
In addition to the facilities that will be available, the sites will have air-conditioning considered for the sake of the safety and comfort of the passengers.
Riyadh Metro Project team, cost of construction, and expectations
The Riyadh Metro Project is scheduled to be completed and become operational within the first quarter of this year. Contracts for the project were awarded back in July 2013, while construction works began in 2014, taking a total of 4 years of development and construction.
The total cost of the Riyadh Metro Project has got a total cost of US$ 22.5bn. Following the Mecca Metro which was opened in November 2010, the Riyadh metro system will be the second metro system in the country. In the Arabian Peninsula, the metro system will be the fourth in the Arab World, the sixth while in the Middle East, the fifteenth.