$16bn Dammam, Qatif metro to complete by 2021
Major international railway companies express interest
The integrated public transport system in Dammam and Qatif will cost around $16bn (SR60bn), according to Arab News, which quoted Eastern Province Mayor Fahad Al-Jubair.
AL Jubair added that the project needs between a year and a year-and-a-half for studies to be carried out to identify locations and stations.
He said that solutions would be found for possible traffic problems during the implementation period of the project, which consists of light rail, buses, rapid transport and shuttle buses.
According to the mayor, the project will have two main lines, including one linking Dareen Island in the north of the province to Qatif, passing by Dammam and Dhahran until the King Fahd Causeway, which links Saudi Arabia with Bahrain.
The second will connect King Fahd Road in Dammam heading down to King Fahd International airport in the west.
“The Eastern Province will witness a quantum leap after implementing the project and that will be reflected positively on the economic and tourism sector,” Al-Jubair said.
The report added that major international railway companies have expressed their intent to take part in the project.
French Ambassador Bertrand Besancenot said five specialised companies from his country would compete for the contracts.