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It should be able to support the transition period and become the basis for the future, fully automated, transport systems

The Riyadh Metro is a rapid transit system under construction in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It will be 176 km (109 mi) long with 6 lines and 85 stations, including underground, elevated and at-grade sections. Its construction started in April 2014 and is expected to be completed by 2019, creating about 15,000 jobs in the state. Saudi officials approved the plan in 2012, as the capital’s population is expected to increase by 50% by 2035. The new metro system will fulfil the demands of the growing population, as well as reduce traffic jams and improve air quality.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx discussed the United State’s “massive infrastructure deficit”, in his speech yesterday, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce transportation conference.  His goal is to create a long-term transportation bill by the end of the year.  He believes that “a one- or two-year Band-Aid won’t cut it this time.”  Foxx did not provide any details about the length of the bill or the amount of funding needed to avoid “crippling” the U.S. economy.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 20 February 2014
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The U.S. Travel Association held its inaugural conference in Washington D.C last week. The focus of the event, referred to as “Connecting America Through Travel, was to raise awareness to the fact that a lack of infrastructure spending in the United States is leading many tourists to visit other countries. Representatives of the association cite other countries’ high-speed rail and efficient airports as two main reasons why the United States is in danger of falling further behind. They warn that this has far reaching effects on the country that include not only being a less desirable travel destination, but also being less competitive in the global marketplace.