File photo: People riding the underground in Cairo (Reuters)
Egypt removed the ticket discounts which were given to judges, police, military forces, and journalists on Monday, Metro spokesman Ahmed Abdel Hadi told Al-Ahram.
Abdel Hadi said that the idea of canceling the reduced rates for some of the country's sectors as a solution to prevent overcrowding and congestion at the beginning of the new academic year occurred during the last board meeting.
He pointed out that those categories can still take advantage of reduced rates through subscriptions, whether annual, semi-annual or every three months.
Meanwhile, Metro Chairman Ali Fadali agreed in a recent meeting with the head of the Press Syndicate Abdel Mohsen Salama to provide reduced subscriptions to journalists, according to Abdel Hadi.
The decision was approved at the last meeting of the Board of Directors. Subscriptions will be facilitated away from metro stations.
The Metro spokesman explained that the reduction was not for half of the ticket, as rumored, but a reduced rate which would be available through subscriptions.