The Mecca Light Rail, built and operated by China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC), has safely transported 2.4 million passengers by running almost 24 hours every day during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage transport service in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

CRCC put up a total of 156 hours during a seven-day operation, leaving only 12 hours that the line was not operating during the period. 

The railway, which links three pilgrimage areas, is 18.25 kilometers long and has nine stations. 

This year, the Saudi government signed an operating contract worth $103 million with the company, according to CRCC. They also signed a memorandum of cooperation for the next five years with the CRCC.

The Mecca Light Rail is Saudi Arabia’s first light rail and the first of its kind built by a Chinese company in the Middle East.