A file photo of Egypt's Light Rail Transit. Photo : Egyptian's Ministry of Transportation
The ministry also said that it will be issuing 50 percent reduced-fare passes on the LRT to serve the commuters in new cities east of Cairo.
The LRT is a sustainable means of green mass transportation since it runs on electricity, and its carriage can accommodate up to 300 passengers, with a total capacity of 1,300 passengers.
The project serves New Obour, Shorouk, Badr, Mostakbal, 10th of Ramadan, and the New Administrative Capital (NAC).
In July, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated the first phase of the country’s first LRT and its starting point — the Adly Mansour Interchange Station — which currently connects the New Administrative Capital with the rest of the country’s cities and governorates.
The first stage of the LRT comprises 12 stations, including Adly Mansour, Badr City, the Culture and Arts City in the new capital, and New Obour.
At the time, the ministry announced that rides lasting three stops on the LRT will cost EGP 15, increasing by EGP 5 for every three-stop threshold passed thereafter, with rides lasting 12 stops — the total number of stations that have been finalised out of the 19 — costing EGP 35.
Upon the completion of the three phases of the LRT, the service will cover a distance of 103.3 kilometres with the ability to accommodate up to one million commuters daily through 19 stations connecting several districts nationwide.
The transport ministry has previously noted that a unified ticket will be issued for all means of transportation at Adly Mansour Interchange Station, which includes seven transport modes — namely the Cairo-Suez Railway Line, Cairo Metro’s third line, the LRT, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System, and the SuperJet buses that run along three lines nationwide.
In addition to being linked to various means of transportation in Adly Mansour Interchange Station, the LRT will also intersect with Egypt’s under construction monorail at the Arts and Culture Centre Station in the NAC, along with Egypt’s first high-speed electric railway at an interchange station on the Cairo-Sokhna Highway.