Every now and then I read or hear exciting news about about Kuwait Metro project that tickle my vivid imaginations, and just when I start feeling that things are really moving forward everything goes quiet again with no updates or news. Latest “exciting” piece of news is that 1st phase of Metro project which consists of 28 stations and extends for 50 kilometers across Kuwait City will begin this year and will complete in 40 months, I know this is too good to be true but they say it’s official this time. What’s really surprising though is that the Metro project was there since 1978 in Kuwait, I did a lot of digging yesterday and today to make a full history of Kuwait Metro saga.
It’s quite interesting how the project took over 30 years to finally start to get into execution (well not yet but hopefully in 2013), the latest update is that the Metro project will be operational by 2020 with duration of 7 years and total cost of 20 Billion Dollar (around 5.5 Billion Dinar) and will be consisting of 70 stations and extending for 160 KM (that’s 1.5 bigger than Dubai’s Metro) and 30% of the Metro network will be underground whereas the rest will be above the ground, also it will be connected to the proposed GCC Metro network. They say they want to use the metro trains that run on autopilot with speed of 90 KM/Hr, interesting. So now let’s travel back in-time and take a quick look on Kuwait Metro chronology, time machine’s ready so buckle up.