Since 2008, the Saudi Arabian Public Transport Company (SAPTCO) has been planning and organising nationwide bus services using IVU systems. Thanks to this modern technology, the public transport throughout the kingdom could be made much more reliable and convenient. In particular during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the bus network offers an essential means of public transport, with up to 1,000 additional services to take pilgrims to and from Mecca and Medina. For its performance, the Saudi Arabian public transport network received the ‘Enabling Technologies Award’ at the 3rd UITP MENA Congress in 2012 in the framework of the PTx2 Strategy.
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