US-based consultancy Louis Berger has picked up a $100m contract from Al Madinah Al Munawwarah Development Authority (MMDA) to programme manage the city’s new Public Transportation Programme (MPTP).
The plan for Saudi Arabia’s second-holiest city, which includes a new metro and bus network, as well as new roads and substantial upgrades to the existing road network. A new park and ride network will also be developed under a 25-year plan to meet the city’s transport need in the run-up to 2040.
The consultancy deal will run for five years.
Louis Berger will integrate with MMDA’s internal team and guide and oversee relationships with other consultants, advisors and contractors.
With a massive expansion of The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah still taking place, the MPTP is aimed at providing a public transport network to serve the city’s residents and religious tourists alike. It is estimated that by 2040, Madinah will be handling 8.6m Umrah visitors and 3.6m Hajj pilgrims.
“We could not be prouder to be associated with MMDA in the implementation of the MPTP for the holy city of Madinah,” said D. James Stamatis, president of Louis Berger’s international operations. “The implementation of an advanced public transportation system will endow Madinah with one of the most advanced transportation systems in the world.”
Source: Construction Week Online