Monday, 10 May 2021

Ring road to get overhaul with new bus rapid transit

One step closer to a better public transport system on the Ring Road: The Transport Ministry signed today an MoU with a consortium of local and international companies to prepare studies for the proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) system on the Cairo Ring Road, the ministry said in a statement. The new system aims to ease traffic congestion as well as reduce the use of private cars and on-road parking of microbuses.

Who’s involved? The global consortium is led by the French-based public transport company TransDev and includes Orascom, Mwasalat Misr and MCV Group.

In detail: The study will cover the transit of buses, electronic ticketing system, pedestrian crossings, locations of bus stops and how to get the trip information, as well as the integration of BRT with other means of transport. The total cost of the project will be announced upon completion of the studies, Transport Minister Kamel El Wazir said. The plans were first announced in November.

The move is part of the ministry’s plan to overhaul the country’s transportation system as well as upgrade the dreaded Ring Road. The government is investing EGP 7.3 bn to develop and maintain the road around Cairo, including a 106-km extension from El Mariouteya to the Autostrad and a 30% expansion of the Autostrad Bridge.

CORRECTION- 11 May 2021. A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled TransDev.

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