ETIHAD Rail was granted final safety authorisation on December 10 by the United Arab Emirates Federal Transport Authority (FTA) for the 264km Shah - Habshan - Ruwais line, clearing the way for the start of commercial operations on the first phase of the country's national railway network.
METRO Jeddah Company (MJC) has invited expressions of interest for contracts to carry out civil works on the first phase of the city's metro network, together with a turnkey contract to design, build, operate and maintain the planned Corniche light rail line.
THE Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (Sagia) and the metro authorities from the cities of Jeddah and Mecca are in the final stages of producing a joint request for proposals (RFP) for the Mecca and Jeddah metro projects.
METRO Jeddah, which was set up in March 2013 to implement an entire public transport network in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, involving metro, light rail, rail, buses and water taxis, will hold a project briefing day for consultants, contractors and suppliers in Jeddah on March 30.
Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries in the world to have virtually no public transport in its major cities, but this is about to change as plans for comprehensive bus and rail networks are developing rapidly, as David Briginshaw explains.