Egypt's public transport users drop by 5%

Ahram Online, Thursday 22 May 2014

Official figures reveal decrease in number of buses designated for public transport, as well as number of Egyptians using them in 2012/13

A public bus is reflected on the river
A public bus is reflected on the river under Qasr El-Aini Bridge near downtown Cairo (Photo: Osman El-Sharnoubi)
The number of people using different forms of public transportation has fallen by five percent in 2012/13 compared to the previous year, according to figures released by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).
In a country with chronic and severe traffic problems, as well as an ever-growing population, the total number of passengers using public transport has decreased to 1.9 billion passengers a year (an average of 5.2 million passengers a day, as calculated by Ahram Online) compared to 2.01 billion a year earlier.
The number of vehicles owned by the Public Transportation Authority also diminished by 2.6 percent during the same period, down to 7087 buses and mini-buses.
Another factor explaining Cairo's increasing traffic problem is the sharp 12.6 percent decrease in the number of rounds per subway car during the same period.
Revenues from local transport lines have fallen sharply, losing some 30 percent in 2012/13 to total LE2.36 billion (around $330 million) compared to LE3.4 billion.
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