Explainer: What you need to know about Egypt's first LRT system to link new capital in July

Ahram Online , Saturday 2 Jul 2022

Egypt will inaugurate its first light rail transit (LRT) system in July to be the first mass transportation means linking the New Administrative Capital to Greater Cairo following its pilot operation since January 2022.

A photo of Egypt's first LRT during its pilot operation (photos courtesy of Egyptian Ministry of Transport)


The New Administrative Capital will be connected to Greater Cairo by two mass transportation means: Egypt’s first monorail and LRT system.

The LRT will link Cairo, Obour, El-Mostakbal (Future), El-Shorouk, New Heliopolis, Badr, the Industrial Zone, 10th of Ramadan cities with the New Administrative Capital and will run over a route of more than 100 kilometres.

Below Ahram Online zooms in on the crucial details of the new transportation system:

  • The LRT is a sustainable means of green mass transportation since it runs on electricity instead of diesel.
  • The LRT system has been constructed by the Ministry of Transportation and a consortium of Egyptian companies while the international Chinese consortium of CREC-AVIC INTL has manufactured its trains, and the French RATP Dev will be responsible for its management and operation.
  • Over three phases, the total LRT route will stretch 103.3 km with 19 stations and is planned to accommodate 500,000 passengers per day.
  • The LRT’s 22 trains – which have already been delivered for a total cost of $227 million – are designed to move at a speed of 120 km/hour.
  • All its stations are configured to facilitate access and movement for people with disabilities.
  • The stations will include parking lots to encourage drivers of private cars to use the new system to alleviate congestion pressure on roads.
  • The starting point is at the Adly Mansour interchange station in El-Salam City, the largest station in the Middle East with an area of 1.1 million square metres.
  • Adly Mansour station links the LRT, Cairo Metro’s third line, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, Cairo-Suez railway line, and the SuperJet buses.
  • The LRT also will also intersect with the monorail at the new capital’s station of the Arts and Culture Centre, and with Egypt’s first high-speed electric railway at an interchange station on Cairo-Sokhna highway.
  • The duration of the trip from Adly Mansour to the New Administrative Capital will not exceed 45 minutes.
  • The LRT’s headway duration will be three to five minutes.
  • The ticket for rides of three stops on LRT will cost EGP 15, rides of six stops will be priced at EGP 20, and rides of nine stops will cost EGP 25, while the price for 12 stops -- the total number of stations that have been finalised out of the 19 ones -- will be EGP 35.
  • A unified ticket will be made for all means of transportation at Adly Mansour station.

**This story was first published on 11 June 202

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