Mon, 13 Jul 2020 - 03:32 GMT
Second of 32 metro trains arrive at Alexandria port from Hyundai Rotem
The agreement, signed in 2019, is worth 317 million Euros and L.E. 640 million (which is equal to L.E. 6.361 billion). The train will be installed on the third line of Cairo metro.
The agreement includes an eight-year rail maintenance, in addition to collecting 10 trains out of 32 trains in Egypt through the technical support provided by Hyundai Rotem.
Egyptian Minister of Transport Kamel el-Wazeer said that the arrival of the new trains in succession comes in parallel with the completion of the implementation of the fourth stage of the third metro line.
The new trains will be equipped with closed-circuit television cameras, high-capacity air conditioning system and LCD screens showing passengers information about their trips.
The third line with its four phases will eliminate nearly two million daily commutes taking place above the ground. As such, Cairo’s traffic congestion will be reduced and the duration of commutes will be shortened saving LE 250 million ($14.2 million) in the cost of public transportation buses. The project will save up to LE 2.72 billion a year overall. The third line includes 10 stations and has a total length of 15.8 km.
The third phase of the third metro line will connect the working-class districts of Attaba, Bulaq and Imbaba with Cairo University in Giza. The phase will also pass through well-off neighborhoods like Zamalek, Mohandiseen and Agouza. The construction work of the 18-kilometer phase officially started in 2017; it includes 15 stops, including Zamalek.
Around 3.5 million Cairenes use the metro every day. Launched in 1987, the metro has since become the most important means of transportation in Cairo. Female commuters can either choose to take the non-segregated cars or use the women-only carriages. Within the 2030 Vision, it is planned that Greater Cairo houses six metro lines.