In a press conference reported by Saudi Gazette, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Transportation announced several developments. There is a plan to convert all “limousines” (i.e., “taxis”) to use meters to measure fares, moving away from the current system of haggling over fares at the beginning of the trip.

New roads are being planned, but ideas about coastal highways running the lengths of the Red Sea or Arab Gulf shorelines are not seen as do-able right now. The cities are being promised new and better mass transit systems within a few years. While the Minister did promise comfortable municipal trains, he made no mention of cross-country railroads.

Limousine meter fare system soon

JEDDAH – Minister of Transport Dr. Jabarah Al-Suraisiry has said that all transport-related problems in cities across the Kingdom would be solved with the introduction of public transport system within a few years.

Taking part in a “Joint Responsibility’ dialogue program hosted by Okaz at its headquarters Saturday evening, he announced that his ministry is determined to enact a system for limousine meter fare. “Under the new mechanism, taxicabs and customers must follow the meter fare system instead of the current practice of fixing charges on the basis of negotiations and bargaining,” he said.

Al-Suraisiry said the ministry, after elaborate studies, has come to the conclusion that an ambitious coastal transport project linking major cities along the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf was not feasible. He said that the Kingdom’s vast road network is instrumental in spurring the remarkable development being witnessed across the Kingdom.

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