For Women, Saudi Arabia's New Metro May Mean Greater Mobility

In Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive, but a new metro system will allow them to travel without escorts
A Saudi woman in full Islamic veil drives at Thumamah Park near Riyadh Photograph by Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty Images

Public transportation has been found to reduce traffic congestion, cut pollution, fight obesity, and boost economic productivity by millions, even billions of dollars. In Riyadh, where Saudi Arabia plans to build a $22 billion subway system, it may also unleash social change. In particular, it will allow women to travel without male escorts.

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