First trip of Haj train for the season starts at midnight

MINA: Arab News

At exactly 12 midnight tonight, the Haj train will embark on its first trip for the season.

Dispatch of “A” traffic will start on schedule, where the train will serve as a regular metro for loading and offloading pilgrims on all stations. It will start from Arafat 1 station, through Arafat 2 and Arafat 3, then to Muzdalifah, Mina 1, Mina 2 and Mina 3. This will make a round trip within the holy areas.

Engineer Fahd Abu Tarboush, director general of the Haj train, said that there is a line designated especially for civil servants and government employees, as well as employees of the private sector companies working in this year’s Haj season, to perform their duties.

“The tickets are sold for 50 riyals to those workers who will perform their duties within the holy areas. They can’t use these tickets on the Haj train, however,” he said.

Traffic A will continue until 7:30 p.m. of the 8th day of Dul Hijjah (Oct. 13), he said. Traffic B will start operation at 8 p.m. on the 8th day of Dul Hijjah, and will keep running until 3:30 p.m. on the 9th day of Dul Hijjah (Oct. 14), to transport pilgrims to Arafat, where they will be moved from all the train stations in Mina and Station No. 3 in Muzdalifah.

Traffic 2 will start in the early evening of Arafat day (9th day of Du Al Hijjah), until 11:30 p.m. to transport the pilgrims from Arafah to Muzdalifah.

This will be followed by Traffic D, to carry the pilgrims from Muzdalifah to Mina, and will start at 12:30 a.m., and will keep running until 10:30 a.m. on the 10th day of Dul Hijjah (Oct. 15), which will be the day of Eid Al-Adha.

Tarboush said these trips will be available to pilgrims who hold the 250-riyal tickets. But the pilgrims who will not be using these tickets can use the 50-riyal tickets during the three days of the Eid, and they can be used for the Muzdalifah 3 and Arafah 3, Mina 1, and Mina stations.

SOURCE: ARABNEWS

Categories: Arab World, Asia, Saudi Arabia

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