Egypt's Metro ticket price increase to EGP 2 implemented Friday

Ahram Online , Saturday 25 Mar 2017

The price increase is aimed at addressing the financial woes of Cairo's underground service

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Egypt's third metro line (Photo: Al-ahram)

An increase in the price of Egypt's standard single-fare Metro ticket went into effect Friday, doubling the cost to EGP 2.

In comments to state-run news agency MENA, Minister of Transport Hisham Arafat announced the increase on Thursday but did not set a date for its implementation.

Earlier Thursday, a source at the ministry told Al-Ahram that special needs passengers and "other categories" will have their tickets priced at EGP 1 and EGP 1.5, respectively. It's unclear who will be exempted from the EGP 2 pricing.

The move follows a series of proposals by officials in recent years to increase ticket prices in order to fix the financial woes of Cairo's vital Metro underground service.

A lawsuit was filed Saturday in an administrative court to halt the price increase decision.

Over 3.5 million of Greater Cairo's 21 million inhabitants rely on the Metro for their daily travel, as it is considered the one of the cheapest means of transportation, according to estimates by the country's national tunnels authority.

On Wednesday, Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said the government is seeking to address the financial troubles of the Metro, which is struggling with a EGP 500 million debt.

Cairo’s underground system, launched in 1987, is one of the oldest in the Middle East and Africa.

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