SYSTRA teams are helping the Holy City of Mecca to create its first permanent bus network. The aim of the authorities is to serve the entire city in order to facilitate travel, given that traffic can be very heavy, especially during the Hajj*. To make life easier for the inhabitants and pilgrims, Mecca promises a maximum interval between each bus of 15 minutes.
Supervision from A-Z
The bus network will play a critical role in achieving Saudi Vision 2030’s future goals of serving 30 million Umrah visitors (Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah) in a very congested and precious area and celebrating the Kingdom’s role of sitting at the heart of the Islamic world by serving all Muslims coming from all continents.
To achieve this, the network, with a total of 12 lines (5 BRT, bus rapid transit and 7 traditional bus lines) will require reorganisation of roads, with reserved lanes, priority at crossroads and even specific road markings. SYSTRA’s role is to supervise the entire implementation of the project, from the review of the preliminary and detailed designs through to the carrying out of the construction works. We will also manage a complete check of the buses from the moment they are delivered to the intelligence transportation signalling systems checks from vehicles to the ground.
linked to Vision 2030
This project is directly linked to KSA’s Vision 2030 national ambition, which aims to diversify the country’s economy in a sustainable manner, especially via the development of public transport.
*An annual pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca.