The Saudi Haramain High-Speed Express Train is considered the largest public transport project in the Middle East and transports 60M passengers in a year.
The SR60 billion project aims to connect the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh covering a distance of 450 km in about 120 minutes at a speed of 300 km/h.
The project has 35 trains each with a capacity of 417 seats and has five railway stations with the main one in Makkah which is built on an area of 503,000 sq. meters accommodating about 19,500 passengers per hour and is only four km away from the Grand Mosque, Al-Madina Arabic daily reported.
The Saudi Haramain train transports 3,800 passengers in an hour between Makkah and Madinah and 19,600 between Jeddah and Makah. In a year, it transports about 60 million passengers.