Cairo, Egypt (Urban Transport News): Eqypt has all set to launch the country's first Monorail project in Cairo. Ministry of Transport on September 12, 2021, has announced that the first phase of the monorail connecting the New Administrative Capital with Greater Cairo is set to open in May 2022.
"The first phase of the project starts from the depot site in the New Administrative Capital until the station of al-Moshir Mosque, in Nasr City, at about 45 km long," said the statement issued by the Ministry.
The Cairo Monorail Project is being implemented in two phases. Under phase 1, New Administrative Capital to al-Moshir Mosque and is planned to open in May 2022. And in the second phase of the New Administrative Capital monorail will extend from the station of the al-Moshir Mosque to the Stadium Station, with a length of about 11.5 km, and is planned to open in February 2023.
Transport Minister Kamel al-Wazir has inspected the ongoing progress of the project this Sunday morning and instructed officials to intensify the work to complete the project on time, especially given its great importance.
"The project will link Greater Cairo with the new urban areas and cities in the east (New Cairo – the New Administrative Capital) and will contribute to facilitating the movement of employees and visitors from Cairo and Giza to New Cairo and the New Administrative Capital," said Kamel al-Wazir, Minister of Transport by adding that the project will integrate it with the third metro line at the Stadium Station in Nasr City and with the electric train at City of Arts’ station in the New Administrative Capital.
The cairo monorail project is the first of its kind in Egypt, he said and will represent a great cultural shift in mass transportation.
The Minister explained that this type of transportation is fast, modern, safe and environmentally friendly, saves fuel consumption, reduces environmental pollution rates, relieves traffic jams on main axes and streets, and attracts passengers to use them instead of private cars.
The New Administrative Capital Line (Corridor 1) will be 56.5 kilometres long and connect Stadium to Administrative Capital with 22 stations at Stadium, Hisham Barakat, Nouri Khattab, the 7th District, Free Zone, Marshal Tantawy, Cairo Festival, El Choueifat, Air Hospital, Narjis District, Mohammed Naguib, American University, Emaar, Nafoura Square, Al Barwa, Middle Ring Road, Mohammed Bin Zayed, Regional Ring Road, Almasa Hotel, Ministries (Al Wezarat) District, and Administrative Capital.
The 6th of October City line (Corridor 2) will be 45 kilometres long and connect New October Station to Nile Valley Station with 12 stations at New October Station, Industrial Zone Station, Sadat Station, Sixth of October City Authority Station, Engineers Association Station, Nile University Station, Hyper One station, Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, Mansouriya Station, Mariouteya Station, Ring Road Station, and Nile Valley Station. This line is expected to open for the public in February 2023.