By Beatrice Thomas
The project follows moves to establish new public transport systems in Riyadh and Jeddah
Saudi is set to implement a new network of buses and trains in Dammam metropolis and the Qatif region in the latest mega transport project to be rolled out in the kingdom, it was reported.
Cabinet this week backed creating a private company for public transport to manage the implementation of the project, which will be completed within seven years and overseen by a higher committee, headed by the emir, Saudi Gazette reported.
It follows the Cabinet’s earlier decision to implement comprehensive public transport systems in Riyadh and Jeddah.
In 2012, the Cabinet approved a similar public transport system involving metro train and buses in Riyadh, with work on the four-year project underway.
Last year, the Council of Ministers approved a draft plan for public transport in the Jeddah region, including trains, buses and a sea transport line.
Minister of Culture and Information Abdulaziz Khoja said the Dammam and Qatif project was approved on the basis of preliminary studies and a report presented by the Emir of the Eastern Province.