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Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Microbuses to be banned from the Ring Road this year

The Ring Road is going to become slightly less chaotic: Microbuses will be banned from driving the Ring Road later this year when work to expand the capital’s most important freeway wraps up this December, head of the General Authority for Roads and Bridges Hossam El Din Moustafa said Sunday in a phone-in to Al Hadath Al Youm (watch, runtime: 5:05).

Hello BRT: Buses that will eventually operate under the proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) system will replace microbuses as the main mode of public transport on the Ring Road, which will see buses run regular routes with designated stops at intersections, Moustafa said. The system is hoped to ease traffic congestion as well as reduce the use of private cars and on-road parking of microbuses.

But what about intercity travel? Moustafa didn’t disclose whether the microbus ban would extend to vehicles making trips outside of Cairo.

A BRT is more than just buses: A consortium of local and international firms — led by French public transport company TransDev and including Orascom, Mwasalat Misr and MCV Group — last month agreed to study the proposed system, which would include the buses, an electronic ticketing system, pedestrian crossings, bus stops, and information services. BRTs in other countries allocate designated lanes for buses, allow commuters to purchase tickets ahead of the trip, and feature platform-level boarding for ease of access.

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