King Abdul Aziz Public Transport Project: Unique Step to Improve Transportation in KSA

The King Abdulaziz Public Transport Project is one of the most significant projects proposed by the Royal Commission for the City of Riyadh to address Riyadh’s irrigation crisis. The Council of Ministers endorsed and approved it in 1433 AH / 2012 using two modes of transportation (trains and buses).


 Riyadh Metro Project


The Riyadh Metro project is the backbone of the transportation sector in Riyadh, with six main axes totaling 176 kilometers and 85 stations.


The color of the trains on the Riyadh Metro network allows them to be distinguished, and the following is an explanation of the tracks for them.


The first track is 38 kilometers long and runs from Olaya to Al-Bathaa to Al-Hayer. The second route is King Abdullah Road, which is 25.3 kilometers long. With a length of 40.7 kilometers, the third track is the axis of Al-Madinah Al-Minawara Road – Prince Saad bin Abdul Rahman Al-Awwal Road. The fourth track, with a length of 29.6 kilometers, is the axis of King Khalid International Airport Road. With a length of 12.9 kilometers, the fifth track is the axis of King Abdulaziz Road. The sixth lane runs for 30 kilometers along the axis of Abdul Rahman bin Auf Road and Sheikh Hassan bin Hussein bin Ali Road.


Riyadh Bus Project


The Riyadh Bus Project is concurrent with the Riyadh Metro Project. This project is the primary carrier for passengers traveling from residential communities and neighborhoods to train stations.


Bus routes were chosen based on several criteria, including integration with the Riyadh metro network. This was to be compatible with the city of Riyadh’s future architectural planning direction. This was to strengthen the connection between neighborhood employment centers and commercial centers and to reduce energy consumption and pollution, as well as wasted time in commuting.



Criteria for selecting the tracks


Tracks for the King Abdul Aziz Public Transport Project were selected based on specific criteria. Some of them focus on residential communities, focusing on areas with traffic jams, such as employment areas, and areas of traffic activities. They also measure flight time on traffic paths, reducing the impact of traffic jams, which reduces congestion, energy consumption, and pollution. They also contain current and anticipated mobility needs by estimating traffic and its sources using simulation software developed by the Royal Commission.


Objectives of the King Abdul Aziz Public Transport Project


The following are the most significant goals of the King Abdul Aziz Public Transportation Project: Offering transportation to all segments of the population. Diversifying and shaping transportation patterns in the city effectively and appropriately, as well as meeting all transportation needs per traffic, economic, and social conditions. Reducing the use of private modes of transportation, limiting their spread, and establishing a transportation system that is in line with Riyadh’s progress.

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