Saudi-French alliance wins $2bn Riyadh bus deal
Riyadh, May 1, 2014
Saudi Public Transport Co (Saptco) said on Thursday that its alliance with France's RATP Dev has jointly secured a 7.855 billion Saudi riyal ($2.09 billion) contract to operate and maintain buses in the kingdom's capital Riyadh.
The 10-year deal will be linked to the city's railway project - known as the King Abdulaziz Project for Public Transport - and will handle the procurement, operation and maintenance of the buses, Saptco said in a statement.
Saptco had previously said that it has teamed up with France's Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) to bid for public transport projects in Saudi.
The Saudi government had awarded $22.5 billion in contracts to three foreign-led consortia in July last year for the design and construction of the first metro rail system in Riyadh. -Reuters