The Mashaer Railway at the holy sites (Haj Metro) is a quantum leap in the history of transporting Haj pilgrims and one of the largest projects achieved by the government of Saudi Arabia over the past years. The 18.2 km railway connects nine major stations – three in Arafat, three in Mina and three in Muzdalifa with the final station at the fourth floor of the Al-Jamarat Bridge. The
Haj Metro has reduced travel time from hours to minutes and plays an important role in the movement of the pilgrims between the holy sites. The system has 17 trains, with each train having 12carriages and 60 doors on each for boarding. Each carriage takes 250 pilgrims, of which 50 are seated and 200 standing. The line can transport 72,000 passengers per hour.
The metro has reduced the travel time from hours to minutes and plays an important role in the movement of pilgrims between the holy sites in general and from their camps to Al-Jamarat Bridge in particular.
Before the new innovation, pilgrims used to suffer because of the nature of the place and their huge number. Thousands of vehicles were required previously, some drivers violated traffic laws, not to mention breakdowns of vehicles which worsened congestion, forcing pilgrims to stay inside their vehicles for as long as six to seven hours. The Haj Metro has solved all these problems.
The 18.2-km railway project was launched during the Haj season in 2010, with each site having thee stations equipped with escalators and seven paths to offer services to pilgrims, in addition to a number of gates for groupings.