The Governor of Medina, Prince Faisal bin Salman, announced that the Haramain high-speed train is nearing completion, with the inaugural trip departing from Makkah to Madinah via Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh, a 450-kilometer journey.
The Haramain train will be fully operational by the end of 2017.
Only ten kilometers of the project are currently operational, including seven kilometers in Makkah and three kilometers in Jeddah’s Al-Harazat district.
The Haramain High-Speed Rail Project is the largest transportation project in the Middle East and one of the largest public transportation projects in the world, with an estimated 120-year lifespan for all expandable facilities.
It is estimated to cost about SR62 billion and involve erecting 15,000 power pylons and demolition of some high mountains.
The project also has more than 39 centers for electricity generators and about 147 Wi-Fi points of transmission and reception to serve passengers for free at bus and car stops at the stations.
The cost of the six central plants to generate power reached about SR2 billion.
The train will transport 19,600 passengers per hour between Makkah and Jeddah at full capacity, and 3,800 passengers between Makkah and Madinah per hour.