Cairo’s metro system is continuing to expand in efforts to overcome the city’s traffic congestion. In addition to opening the second phase of the third line, preparations are under way to complete the remaining stages and begin studies for the fourth and fifth line, officials said.
“The metro is one of the easiest ways to navigate Cairo at present,” said Younis Ibrahim of the Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operation. “This is why the government wants to expand it to include all areas of Cairo, especially the new areas located on the edge of the city.”
The new 7.7 kilometre stretch includes four underground stations. “Work was completed six months ahead of schedule, at a cost of 4.3 billion Egyptian pounds ($601 million), for a total cost, including the first phase, of 8.1 billion pounds ($1.1 billion),” Ibrahim said.
A few days after opening the second phase of the third line, daily ridership rose to 100,000 — an increase of 5,000 passengers a day, he said. Ridership is expected to continue to increase, he said, as the total capacity is 800,000 passengers.