U.K. Metro rail and bus services will receive about 2,200 new jobs over the next two years to boost capacity and speed up new rail projects, according to a statement released by the U.T.A. and Metro.
The agency said the train, bus and streetcar systems are all expected to be able to handle the additional traffic on their lines by 2021.
The new hires will work alongside thousands of other workers hired in the past year, including hundreds of new drivers and operators, engineers, inspectors and maintenance personnel, among others.
In addition, the agency said it will add more than 2,500 employees over the same time frame to support the construction and operation of new facilities, including bus shelters, pedestrian bridges and bicycle lanes.
The U.N. Development Programme and the World Bank have also committed to provide more than $500 million to the region in the coming years to support rail expansion, as well as support the region’s growing transportation needs.
“Metro is a great example of the best in British and U.P. transportation, and our region is committed to improving the rail system in this country and around the world,” said Metro Chairman Paul Jones in the statement.
“This investment will bring more passengers to the U: we will also be better able to serve the millions of riders who rely on Metro to get around our city.
Metro is also building on its strong network of public transit and has a clear strategy to invest in our transit network to ensure we continue to attract passengers and invest in long-term economic development.”