Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded the role of Program Management Office Consultant by the Development Commission of Makkah and Mashaaer (DCOMM) on the Makkah Public Transport Program (MPTP). The contract is worth approximately US$96.6M and is expected to last 60 months.
DCOMM has entrusted Makkah Mass Rail Transit Company (MMRTC) to act as the Program Management Office, to oversee the implementation of MPTP. This project holds great importance beyond the extensive technical requirements, with strong cultural connotations given its prominent location in the Holy City of Makkah in Saudi Arabia.
The public transport program in Makkah is a plan for an integrated system which covers all means of public transport (metro lines, express bus lines, local buses, and shuttle buses). The project in Makkah includes a network consisting of four metro lines, with total lengths of 114km and 62 stations. In addition, the project includes a network of bus transport that covers the city of Makkah in four different levels, including Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Local Bus, Feeder Bus Service, and Shuttle Bus that connect the parks (Park and Ride) and Al-Masjid Al-Haram, train stations, and express buses.
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Parsons Brinckerhoff is responsible for complete program management services, including general program management; supervision of consultants and contractors; development of project controls; procurement management; contract administration; management of third parties; and technical management. In addition, Parsons Brinckerhoff will conduct quality management; health, safety, and environment management; and systems requirements management. Parsons Brinckerhoff will also provide administrative support to MMRTC.
The complete Project will be implemented in 3 phases over 10 years. The Tender prequalification process for Phase 1 is scheduled to start in December 2013. Phase 1 will consist of approximately 40km of Metro lines of which 20% will be underground. Phase 1 also includes Bus Rapid Transit, Express Bus, Feeder Bus and all the associated infrastructure and Intelligent Transport Systems. The whole of Phase 1 is planned to be completed in 4 years.