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Riyadh Metro

Siemens Inspiro interior design during innoTrans 2016.
Native nameقطار الرياض
OwnerHigh Commission for the Development of Arriyadh (ADA)
LocaleRiyadhSaudi Arabia
Transit typeRapid Transit
Number of lines6
Line number 1   2   3   4   5   6 
Number of stations84
Operation will start2019
CharacterElevated & Underground
Number of vehicles586 car
Train length2 & 4 coaches
System length176 km (109 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

Riyadh Metro map

The Riyadh Metro (Arabic: قطار الرياض‎ Giṭār Ar-riyāḍ, pronounced is a rapid transit system under construction in the city of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. It will consist of six metro lines spanning a total length of 176 kilometers, with 85 stations. The project will cost $22.5 billion to build. It is scheduled for a light opening in 2019, and the full network is expected to be fully operational in 2021,


Estimates suggest that the number of Riyadh’s population will grow from about 6 million to more than 8.5 million over the next 10 years. In June 2013, a shortlist of 3 major global consortia was chosen to build the metro. Contracts were awarded in July 2013, with construction planned to start in 2014 and take 4 years.[The groundbreaking ceremony was celebrated on April 4, 2014, with an opening now projected for 2019. It is currently being built by construction companies including Bechtel, Almabani General Contractors, FCC, Strukton, Salini Impregilo, Larsen and Toubro, Samsung and Nesma.

The new project is expected to be the centerpiece of the city’s public transport system, integrated with an 85-kilometre (53 mi) three-line bus rapid transit (BRT) network.[ The project will contribute to reducing the number of car trips by nearly 250 thousand trips a day, equivalent to 400 thousand liters of fuel per day, thus reducing the air pollutant emissions in the city. It is expected that the capacity of the project will reach 3.6 million passengers a day.[

In February 2018, Riyadh governor, Prince Faisal Bin Bandar, stated that 68% of the project has been finished and that the metro will go Demo Run in late September 2018. In March 2018, the Saudi economy minister Mohammad Al Tuwaijri commented at the Saudi-UK CIO Forum in London that a soft opening is planned for 2019 and the full availability of the system is expected in 2021.


The transit system is planned to have 85 train stations, including a number of interchange stations. Naming rights for 15 out of the 85 stations are planned to be awarded by the Ar riyadh Development Authority (ADA). These rights include space for shops and advertising within the stations.

The vehicles and stations are powered by cameras, early warning systems, and communication systems that are directly connected to the main control center. The main stations are characterized by monorail sites designed in several levels. These sites will be air-conditioned taking into account the comfort and safety of passengers. The stations will also use solar cells technology to save about 20% of the power required for air-conditioning and lightning.

The ADA has approved the construction of four major stations’ located at the intersection of subway tracks and buses that had fulfilled the designs of the metro security requirements and safety of passengers and facilities project

Olaya Metro Station

Olaya metro station is one of the three main transportation stations in the Riyadh Metro. Gerber Architekten won the competition for the metro station in 2012. Construction started in 2014 and planned to be completed in 2019. This station will allow access for Line 1 and Line 2 trains. The gross floor area (GFA) is about 97,000 m2. It is located on the intersection of King Abdullah Road with King Fahad Road and Olaya Street. Its design proposes the idea of Public gardens that extend over the entire area of the station. Metro customers are invited to use the public gardens. The gardens are characterized by palm trees erected on top of the station, designated picnic areas, and WiFi coverage. Stairs,lifts, and escalators connect all the levels allowing access to everyone including people with special needs. There is also a public parking located underneath the plaza.

Western Metro Station.

The station covers an area of 12,500 m2.The station is located on the land currently used for the Central Vegetable Market of Al-Suwaidi Al-Gharbi. The station will be composed of a bus route and a link to Line 3. Omrania & Associates has won the competition to design the western metro station.

King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Metro Station.

The station covers an area of 8.150 m2. The station is located at the east of the Northern Ring Road. It connects metro lines 1, 4, 6, and the KAFD’s monorail. Zaha Hadid Architects from the UKhas won the competition to design King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) metro station.

Qasr Al-Hukm Metro Station

This station covers an area of 19,600 m2 and will connect Line 1 and Line 3 trains. Snøhetta from Norway had won the competition to design the Qasr Al-Hukm Metro Station.


The Metro Project include the following six lines,

The project was originally led by the late Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,[former governor of Riyadh and chairman of the Arriyadh Development Authority, and is now led by Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud, the current governor of Riyadh.

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