The Makkah Bus Project initiative, which started with free transportation to individuals who were visiting for the last two years, will now start charging passengers starting November 1, 2023. This decision was adopted by the Makkah Public Transport Company (MPTC) in Saudi Arabia in order to pay the operational costs and preserving the service for future.
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The MPTC (Makkah Public Transport Company) has declared that the rates would be affordable for everyone and there will also be reductions for students, elderly, and those with disabilities. The business has also declared that it will continue to give free rides to all the pilgrims during the Hajj season.
The Makkah Bus project has been a success since its debut in 2021. It has helped to alleviate a lot of traffic in Makkah and assisted people moving about the city a lot easier. This initiative has also produced plenty of jobs for Saudi citizens.
The decision to start charging passengers has been received with conflicting emotions. Some individuals are afraid that the charges would be excessively costly and that the service will become less accessible to low-income households. Others welcome the decision, claiming that it is important to cover the costs of operating and maintaining the service.
The MPTC has declared that it is determined to provide a high-quality and inexpensive transportation service to the people and visitors of Makkah. The airline has also claimed that it would continue to monitor the situation and make modifications to the rates as appropriate.
Passengers or Visitors can purchase tickets through different channels, including the official website of MPTC, the specialized mobile application, and vending machines placed throughout Makkah.
The initiative is part of a strategic plan aiming at enhancing public transport services within Makkah under the supervision of the RCMC. It contributes to safeguarding the safety of beneficiaries, and the convenience and speed of their travel across Makkah, in addition to reducing down traffic congestion and damaging carbon emissions.