The Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications released a video on the first phase of the Kingdom’s latest innovative transport solution that will feature a state-of-the-art elevated track that stretches across 30 km, passing through 20 stations and allowing for a capacity of 43K passengers per hour.
Despite spending BD1.5 billion on expanding roads the traffic issue remains more or less the same forcing the Government to come up with Metro Bahrain, Transportation and Telecommunications Minister Kamal Ahmed said yesterday. “Metro Bahrain will address the traffic issue to a great extent. The service will be appealing, especially to the youth,” the minister said.
He explained that the first line will connect Bahrain International Airport with Seef Mall and will have stations at King Hamad Hospital, Avenues Mall, Bab Al Bahrain and City Centre. The second line will connect Juffair with the educational area in Isa Town, through Al Fateh Street, the Diplomatic Area and Bab Al Bahrain.
Metro Bahrain will have a capacity to transport 43,000 passengers an hour, reducing the traffic congestion to a large extent. Meanwhile, the latest data released by the Central Informatics Organisation showed that the number of vehicles in the Kingdom reached 700,000 units last year, a 52 per cent jump in the past ten years.
According to the organisation, the number of private vehicles in the Kingdom is around 510,000 while 24,000 vehicles were registered as rental cars.
The government annually issues 60,000 driving licences and 400,000 received driving licences in the past ten years, the organisation said.
The Transportation Ministry has set up 296 public transport stations and solar panels will be installed at these bus stops with the help of a British company, it was learnt.
According to ministry sources, the public buses cover 77 per cent of the areas in the Kingdom. The approximate number of passengers who used public buses stood at 905,000 in June 2018 and 35 million bus tickets were sold between February 2015 and June 2018, the sources added.
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