Image of the first monorail train on its tracks at the East line state in the New Administrative Capital on Wednesday 6 October, 2021. Photo courtesy of Egyptian ministry of transportation Facebook page.
Two monorail trains have arrived in Egypt out of 40 trains to be supplied for the East Nile Line project, while 30 other monorail trains will be supplied for the West Nile Line in 6 October City, according to the ministry.
The East Nile Line connects the administrative capital to Nasr City neighbourhood over a 56.5 km stretch of road, while the West Nile Line connects 6 October City to the Arab League headquarters in downtown Cairo along a route that is 42 km long.
Both monorails will be connected to Cairo’s third metro line in order to reduce commutes from Cairo and Giza to the administrative capital. Each monorail train takes less than 60 minutes to travel from one end of the line to the other.
The monorail project is entirely autonomous and features screen doors placed on the platform to conserve energy and ensure the safety of passengers. The monorail is being constructed entirely from aluminium to save weight and increase speed.
The administrative capital monorail is 21.2 percent complete as of July, and the first phase is projected to be completed by late May 2022, while the second phase should be completed by February 2023, according to Egypt’s Cabinet.
As for the 6 October line, it is expected to be operational by June 2023.