Saudi Arabia Prepares 27,000 Buses Ahead of Hajj Season

Saudi Arabia’s Transport General Authority (TGA) has prepared more than 27 thousand buses to serve the pilgrims during Hajj season, reported Al Arabiya.

3,500 buses of the 27,000 have been allocated for transporting pilgrims to and from Masjid Al-Haram (The Holy Mosque) through more than 16 routes and more than 11 stops and stations, according to the authority.

355 buses haver been allocated for public transportation in Mecca, as well as more than 27 buses in Al-Madinah to provide and efficient transportation service that meets the needs of the pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

The authority highlighted the importance of adhering to rules while riding buses. The rules include: no smoking, no eating or speaking loudly in the bus to maintain a clean and comfortable environment for all passengers.

The Saudi Railways “SAR” announced the readiness of the Haramain High Speed Railway to receive Hajj guests. It revealed its operational plan for the 1445 AH Hajj season through its five stations: Mecca, Medina, Jeddah’s main station (Sulaymaniyah), King Abdulaziz International Airport station in Jeddah, and King Abdullah Economic City Station. The railway spans 453 kilometers.

The announced plan includes an increase of about 100,000 seats for pilgrims to the Holy House of God compared to last year, making a total of 1.6 million seats.

Self-Driving Vehicles

During this year’s Hajj season, Saudi Arabia is using modern and innovative technologies in the transportation and logistics system. These technologies include self-driving vehicles to deliver orders within the Holy Sites, as well as self-driving refrigerated vehicles for last-mile delivery in Mecca and the Holy Sites.

The Kingdom also harnessed all the operational capabilities of the Jeddah Islamic Port in preparation for providing comprehensive logistical services. The services include handling containers from the ship, inspecting Eid al-Adha livestock sacrifice and ensuring their safety before transporting them to the holy sites.

The port is a major logistical center and has marine tugs of different sizes and strengths to handle large and medium ships. It has 64 berths and an area extending to 12.5 km, serving 75% of the Kingdom’s exports and imports.

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