France's Systra to Consult on Building Baghdad Subway System, Ardawi Says

Systra, a French transport- engineering firm, has been chosen to consult on a multibillion dollar project to build a subway system in Baghdad.

Systra was asked by the city of Baghdad to present a feasibility study on the two-line underground network, Adel Al- Ardawi, a city government spokesman, said today. Eight companies have been selected as finalists to build the system, Iraq’s first subway.

The project is estimated to cost between $3 billion and $4 billion, according to the municipal website.

“The subway will be built with state-of-the-art technology, and it will cover most of Baghdad, which will help ease the terrible traffic jams,” Ardawi said.

The eight construction companies include Systra; Britain’s Pell Frischmann and Cyril Sweett Group Plc; U.S. firms Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. and Aecom; Germany’s RMS; Turkey’s Makyol; and Mebex, a Lebanese firm, according to the website.

Iraq has also plans to build a $3 billion high-speed train around Baghdad. Twenty-two international companies are bidding for the rail project.

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