ADA holds 12th High Committee Meeting supervising the Riyadh Public Transit Network

Riyadh - Thursday, December 7, 2017 – HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, President of The High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh, presided last night over the 12th Meeting of the High Committee overseeing the Riyadh Public Transit Network (RPTN) Project. Also attending the meeting was HRH Prince Mohamed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz, Vice President of the High Commission and of the High Committee.

During the meeting, the Committee reviewed the Riyadh Metro Operation & Maintenance tenders evaluation results and agreed on the recommendations moving forward. Moreover, it authorized the call for tender for specialized telecommunication companies to cover the Metro and Bus networks as a commercial opportunity. Finally, it also gave the green light for licensed telecommunication providers -- by the Communications and Information Technology Commission -- to bid for implementing the operations telecommunication network required for the Riyadh Bus Project.

“The RPTN Project is currently progressing as per schedule and we have reached today a level of achievement of 66%, with testing of the trains on tracks scheduled for mid-2018”, announced HRH Prince Faisal.

“We currently have 250 construction sites across the city and have completed 100% of tunneling works, 96% of Viaducts and 83% of at-grade works”, explained His Excellency Eng. Ibrahim bin Mohamed Al Sultan, member of The High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh and President of its executive arm, Arriyadh development Authority (ADA). “In addition, 328 km of utilities have been diverted, urban enhancement activities started to appear in the neighborhoods, and our metro cars are currently being tested in the best factories around the world”, he added.

The RPTN consists of 6 Metro lines of 176 km with 85 stations and 7 maintenance depots. It also includes a comprehensive Bus network of 80 routes (3 BRT or dedicated, 19 Community and 58 Feeder), serving 3,000 stations and stops, spread over approximately 1,900 km of roads.

Inauguration of the RPTN’s Visitor Center – A unique experience

The High Committee meeting took place at the Visitor Center of the RPTN, which was inaugurated few moments before by HRH Prince Faisal. The Center is the latest experiential destination in Riyadh, highlighting the social, cultural, economic and lifestyle benefits that the new RPTN will bring to the residents of the capital.

Spread over 5,000 square meters underneath a uniquely-shaped building, the Center is located at the intersection of King Abdulaziz and Orouba Roads. It boasts models of the four iconic stations: King Abdullah Financial District, Qasr Al Hoqm, Olaya and Western. It also features three real-size metro mockups from Germany’s Siemens, Canada’s Bombardier and France’s Alstom – the three metro car manufacturers of the RPTN – as well as a real 12-meter Bus from Mercedes-Benz, one of three vehicle models for the Bus network manufactured by Mercedes and MAN, also from Germany.

“This Center will become the latest destination in Riyadh for the whole family. With its multiple screens and interactive games for kids, it will be highly educational and entertaining, and will allow visitors to have a genuine feel of what the new RPTN will be all about”, explained Eng. Alwalid Alekrish, ADA’s Vice President for Programs and Projects, and in charge of the RPTN Project.

Moreover, as part of the event, HRH Prince Faisal took the opportunity to honor 150 ambassadors made up of volunteers from King Saud University and Princess Noura University, who have been visiting Riyadh schools to educate students about the new social and cultural changes that Public Transit will bring to their daily lives. A number of social media influencers, supportive of this school initiative, were also honored during the ceremony.

The Center will be opened daily from 16h00 to 22h00, seven days a week. Residents must register beforehand to select their preferred time slot, by visiting the Riyadh Metro website at

http://riyadhmetro.sa/en/visitorcenter/

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