MAKKAH — Faithfuls wishing to pray at the Prophet’s Mosque will have the facility of using shuttle buses at the beginning of Ramadan. A non-stop transportation of the faithful will start at 6 p.m and will continue till 30 minutes after the Taraweeh (special Ramadan) prayer. During the last ten nights of the blessed month, the shuttle buses will continue until 30 minutes after Tahajjud (late night) prayer.
With several ongoing projects, the Central Area is already cramped and narrow and the introduction of shuttle buses will significantly reduce traffic jams near the Holy Haram.
The Commission for Developing Madinah is also working hard to complete the first ring road project.
The plan includes several parking lots wherefrom the buses start their trips. They are King Abdulaziz Street inside the Central Area, Al-Baqee’ parking lot which will have a black color, Syed Al-Shuhada (Hamza) Parking lot which will have a red color, Mujamma Stadium parking lot, Al-Salaam Road parking lot which will have blue color, and Al-Aliya Mall parking which will be indicated by green color.
Spokesman of Madinah Traffic Department Col. Omar Bin Hammad Al-Nazawi called on citizens and expatriates to benefit from the shuttle buses during the holy month of Ramadan. He said there will be security men to watch the worshipers’ cars parked in the parking lot. He said security patrols will carry out their task in streamlining the to and fro flow of shuttle buses.
Al-Nazawi lauded the success of the shuttle transport system carried out last year as it reduced the crowding near the Prophet’s Mosque.
Emir of Madinah Region Prince Faisal Bin Salman has issued directives to form a committee under the chairmanship of Madinah governorate and with members from the mayoralty, Madinah Development Commission, Road and Transport Administration, Traffic Department and Saudi Public Transport Company (SAPTCO) so as to facilitate the movement of pedestrians.