Egypt, US institute to develop rapid transit linking 6th October City, Giza governorate

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Sep 2023

Egypt has signed an agreement with a US institute to develop a smart public transit system connecting the 6th of October City in Giza and the rest of the governorate.

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The New Urban Communities Authority and the American Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) signing the contract. Photo courtesy of NUCA website.

 

The contract was signed Tuesday between the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA and the American Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).

Under the contract, the ITDP will provide consulting services to the NUCA on establishing a sustainable and integrated public transportation system.

The move is part of the country's strategy to establish sustainable mass transit equipped with rapid buses between new cities and metropolises, according to a statement by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Communities.

The consulting services will be funded via a grant -- worth SEK 5 million (approx. $450,000) -- provided by the International Swedish Fund, Eman Nabil, Deputy Minister at NUCA's Sector for Urban Development and Development, noted.

The Swedish fund has signed a set of agreements with the Ministry of International Cooperation to provide a grant to the housing ministry.

The grant aims to finance the consulting services required for transportation projects in the cities of the 6th of October, Hadaiq October, and New October.

The signed contract represents a "crucial initial" step towards implementing the Western Corridor Project for the Bus Rapid Transit Line (BRT), which connects 6th of October City and Giza Governorate, she said.

"This is considered a major leap towards relying on urban transportation means that reduce traffic congestion,” Nabil added, highlighting the project's "unmatched sustainability, comfort, and cost-efficiency of the buses."

The BRT is set to go into service soon in Egypt, specifically on the Ring Road, the highest congested in Greater Cairo.

The authorities have widened the highway from four to seven lanes, making way for a separate BRT lane in each direction. It will run through the 106-kilometer highway.

The electric buses, set to replace microbuses, will have organized schedules, trip information, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning. 

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