Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Abdullah gives go-ahead for world’s largest public transport project

The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) has announced the winning metro contractors for the Riyadh Public Transport Project (RPTP) – the largest public transport system project currently in development. Three international consortia won the design and build contracts for the six-line, automated metro project:

Italian firm Ansaldo STS is the leader of the Arriyadh New Mobility group (ANM) which will be responsible for one line with a total distance of 40.7 km. The contract is valued at 5,211,926,731 USD

US firm Bechtel leads the BACS consortium which will design and build two lines with a total distance of 63.3 km. The contract is valued at 9,447,067,500 USD

Spanish firm FCC Construccion heads up the consortium known as FAST which will deliver three lines that covers a total distance of 72.5km. The contract is valued at 7,819,320,950 USD

Work will begin on the design of the metro project immediately and construction will begin in the first quarter of 2014, bringing the reality of the project ever closer. The system is expected to transform Riyadh, attracting investment, supporting business and making the city more efficient as it continues to grow.

“Riyadh today is one of the world’s fastest growing cities and our citizens deserve a world-class public transport system to enhance their quality of life. The RPTP will be a major driver of employment and economic development. It will also help to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. This is the biggest infrastructure project to be undertaken in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is a cornerstone of the bold future we envision for our city,” said Ibrahim Bin Muhammad Al Sultan President of ADA and Member of the High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh.

The metro network features six lines with a total length of approximately 180 kilometers and electric driverless trains. All 85 stations and carriages will be air-conditioned and divided into 3 sections: first, family and single class.

The winning designs for the main stations from architects Gerber Architekten, Omrania & Associates, Snøhetta and Zaha Hadid, were revealed last month.

The RPTP combines a city-wide metro, bus network, and park and ride services. The RPTP’S plan was developed by the High Commission for the development of Arriyadh and approved by the Council of Ministers on 23 April 2012.