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Riyadh Metro | Saudi Arabia

  • Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

  • Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

  • Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

  • Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Public rail system answers transit needs in Riyadh

Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, is a dynamic center of commerce and government located in the middle of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau. Amongst the most rapidly growing cities in the world, Riyadh is home to more than 5 million people.

Challenge
Traffic congestion in Saudi Arabia’s capital is a growing concern for residents and visitors and a potential barrier to continued economic growth. A state-of-the-art, fully automated rapid transit system is a primary component of the Kingdom’s efforts to facilitate robust economic growth while providing Riyadh’s population with a high level of service.

Solution
Louis Berger, as the lead firm in a joint venture with Hill International, was awarded a contract by the Arriyadh Development Authority to provide program and construction management services for Package 3 of the Riyadh Metro project. Package 3 is an $8 billion project involving management of the design and construction of Line 4, Line 5 and Line 6, as well as 22 stations, in the new metro system. These three lines include:

  • 67 kilometers of track.
  • 48 kilometers of elevated alignment.
  • 5.5 kilometers of mined tunnel.
  • Nearly 13 kilometers of bored tunnel.

Line 4 will link to the King Khalid International Airport. Line 5 will run in a tunnel along King Abdulaziz Street, between King Abdulaziz Historical Centre and the Riyadh Airbase. Line 6 will run in a semicircle from King Abdullah Financial District, along Imam Mohamed Bin Saud University and end at Prince Saad Ibn Abdulrahman Al Awal Road.