Transit Troubles

07.31.134:00 PM ET

Planned Riyadh Subway: A Ride to Freedom

Saudi women’s transit options will expand in 2019.

By 2019, Saudi women will finally have an alternative to relying on men for transportation. Though the country has no immediate plans to allow them to take the wheel, construction will soon begin on a subway system in the capital city of Riyadh. The subway will cost $22 billion with six lines and a station designed by Zaha Hadid. Women are already eager for this new, inexpensive freedom: “For sure I will use the metro,” one told Reuters. “It will be a major solution for the women problem in our society.”