Light rail approved to help ease growing traffic congestion in Makkah

May 16, 2009

A 4.5 km (2.8 mile) dual-track light rail service with a load capacity of 60,000 passengers per hour has been approved to ease traffic congestion in Makkah, Saudi Gazette reported today.

The project has been approved by the Supreme Council for the Development for the Two Holy Cities and Makkah Mayor Osama Fadl Al-Bar, with the consent of Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, the daily reported.

The light train will run all year from Shesha to Ghazza, said Munir Hasan Abbas Sindi, general manager of Doroob Company that has initiated the service as part of a massive project adjoining the Grand Mosque.  The project, which is in partnership with Makkah Municipal Corporation, is expected to be completed by 2012 as part of a SR7.5 billion ($2 billion) project that includes two 50-story buildings.  The two buildings will include a hotel and a shopping center.