King Abdulaziz Project for Riyadh Public Transport Presented at UN Headquarters

King Abdulaziz Project for Riyadh Public Transport Presented at UN Headquarters :A four day event called “A Day in Riyadh” was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 27 to 30 September 2016. The event consisted in a series of workshops and featured an interactive display depicting Riyadh’s past, present and future.
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During the third day’s workshop a panel of experts discussed the topic of public transportation in Riyadh. The panel, moderated by Eng. Khalid Al Hogail, CEO of the Saudi Public Transport Company, focused on Riyadh’s ambitious public transportation project, the King Abdulaziz Project for Riyadh Public Transport.
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Speakers included: Eng. Hassan Al Musa, Deputy Director of the Transport Planning Department for the Arriyadh Development Authority; Dr. Adib Kanafani, Civil & Environmental Engineering Professor at the University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Robert Cervero, Director of the University of California Transportation Center; and Jack Requa, General Manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

The panel discussed how the transportation project is improving the lives of Riyadh’s citizens and helping the city reach the UN’s sustainability goals.
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Hassan Al Musa, Deputy Director of Transport Planning at Department of the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh, the main speaker at Thursday’s workshop, “People on the Move,” described how the city is involving its citizens in the planning. “We are engaging with the community, having job fairs, and also developing campaigns that help to educate the people about the project, give awareness about the progress, and what milestones will happen in the near future.”

“A successful transportation plan is necessary to make all the other parts of the transformation of Riyadh work,” said Riyadh Mayor H.E. Ibrahim bin Mohammed Alsultan, who is also the President of the Arriyadh Development Authority. “Transportation is one of the first ways a city is judged, and we’re excited by the many benefits this project will bring to Riyadh.”

Riyadh has a population of 6.5 million people, which is expected to increase to 8 million by 2030.
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The Riyadh Public Transport Project (RPTP) comprises construction of a metro, a bus system and other transport services in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The project is owned and operated by the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA).

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