By Innovation-sa on March 5, 2018 in News

The higher committee on public transport announced the commencement of new public transport service in Riyadh and Jeddah from Tuesday onwards. The committee urged citizens and expatriates to make the best use of the new public transport service which would cost SR3 per trip and asked them to provide their remarks and reviews about the new service.

The modern public transport system, which replaces the Khat Al-Balad (downtown route) services were announced by the Council of Ministers earlier this year.

The committee has asked drivers of halflas (mini-buses) on the Khat Al-Balad to either work with the Saudi Public Transport Company (Saptco) for monthly salaries or obtain loans from the Social Development Bank to start their own business. As for those who fail to do both, they will be asked to join the Government’s program on social security to receive regular financial assistance.

In Riyadh, the public transportation system will be managed by a national company under the guidance of the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh while in Jeddah it will be under the control of Metro Jeddah Company.