Today the private car accounts for the vast majority of all trips made in Jeddah within Public Transportation accounting for less than 2%. This heavy reliance on private transportation has brought about a heavy stranglehold on the main city’s arteries, drastically affecting how the city goes about its daily business and its livability both as a place of work and home. Moreover this reliance on the car is severely restricting the city’s potential to grow, which it is expected to, from 3.8 million today to 6.3 million by 2035.
Jeddah is also host to a huge annual influx of international visitors, enroute to the Hajj and Umra pilgrimages. Between two and three million annual visitors were received over the last 5 years for the Hajj pilgrimage alone. According to the government’s “Vision 2030”, the total number of religious visitors is anticipated to reach to over 30 million. Quite simply, Jeddah’s existing infrastructure cannot sustain the city’s needs, and there is an immediate need for a public transport network to support economic development, improve social welfare and enhance quality of life
The Jeddah Public Transport Program (JPTP) is a response to the city’s needs of both today and tomorrow. Following the example of other leading global cities, the JPTP aims to achieve a sustainable livable future through the provision of a comprehensive and integrated public transport service. Through its magnitude, complexity and very tight schedule, the JPTP is a world premiere.