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Old May 29th, 2007, 10:50 PM   #21
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Its fleet of powder-blue white-banded units remind me of both of our two fleets here.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 02:02 PM   #22
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Africa's only subway system a smooth ride
Jun 02, 2007 04:30 AM
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CAIRO–"There are just two things that work in Egypt," a young denizen of this teeming North African capital was observing the other day, "the telephone information system – and the Cairo Metro."

I don't know about Egypt's telephone information system, but praise Allah for the Cairo Metro. Not only is it the only subway system in all of Africa, but it works very well.

Give credit where it's due. For all his shortcomings in certain other areas – human rights, for example, or democratic institutions – President Hosni Mubarak deserves congratulations for his foresight on the transit front. It was under his watch that the Cairo Metro got started, something that few commuters here are likely to forget, considering that a huge likeness of the Egyptian leader appears in practically all of the stations arrayed along the Metro's two working lines. A third line is supposed to open someday, although no one seems quite certain when.

There is, inevitably, a station named after the incumbent president, a circumstance that highlights one of several conspicuous differences between the Cairo Metro and the Toronto subway system. Another station is called Sadat, for late president and Nobel laureate Anwar Sadat, and yet another is named after Gamal Abdel Nasser, that giant of pan-Arab nationalism, who ruled the country from 1954 to 1970.

Operated by the aptly dubbed National Authority for Tunnels, the Cairo Metro runs from five o'clock each morning until 1 a.m. and carries an estimated 2.7 million passengers a day – a very good thing. Otherwise, those same travellers would be riding in cars, of which in Cairo there are altogether too many.

"It's very convenient, it's clean and it's fast," says one commuter named Mohamed Hamdi, who works at a military factory as a technician but won't provide more information. "It's sensitive," he adds, meaning his job, not the Metro.

But the Metro seems to be somewhat sensitive, too, not surprising in a city where terrorist incidents have been known to occur now and then. "No photography – no," declares a police officer clad in a white uniform with a black beret.

He waves his arms at a camera-toting visitor – actually, me – who is snapping away on an underground platform in violation of a system-wide ban on the use of cameras.

Construction on Line 1 of the Metro began in 1983, and the network has gradually expanded since then. A 1.3 kilometre extension of Line 2 was inaugurated in 2000, bringing the total length of track to 63 kilometres (compared with 68.3 kilometres – the combined length of Toronto's three subway lines). Although run by a tunnel authority, much of the Metro is above ground. In fact, only 17 of its 52 stations are located underground.

The stations themselves are generally spacious and clean. The escalators typically are in working order. The tickets are moderately priced, for most people – just 1 Egyptian pound (about 20 cents). And each train has a car or two reserved for women and children.

On the other hand, Shamaa Saad, a young female architecture student, reports that she often rides in the unreserved cars, usually with a girlfriend, and doesn't encounter problems. In fact, an almost chivalric code seems to prevail on the trains. Based on my admittedly limited experience of the system, men here are far more likely than are their Toronto counterparts to surrender their seats to women.

Without the Metro, it is difficult to imagine how this city could survive. A great many more people would have to do what overwhelming throngs of Cairo residents are already obliged to do, day in, day out.

They would have to swelter for hours on end in the Gordian knot of this city's incessant traffic jams, leaning on their horns, shaking their fists at other similarly frustrated motorists, while a near infinity of internal-combustion engines pumped unthinkable quantities of carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the dry desert air.

"I personally think it's the worst traffic I've ever seen," says a European diplomat in Cairo, who has possibly never been to Lagos. But Lagos lacks an underground Metro system, while Cairo – alone on this continent – has one. Praise Allah.
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Old July 27th, 2007, 06:35 PM   #23
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cairo metro map

Thanks for all the pictures Bitxofo!!!!

Have you got any map in ARABIC of the cairo metro ?

NB I'm living in france and I can give any french subway plan.
sincerely yours
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Old October 24th, 2007, 05:19 AM   #24
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Is there also a tramway system in Cairo?
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Old January 1st, 2008, 06:24 AM   #25
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Yes. The tram system was constructed near the beginning of the 20th Century.
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Old January 1st, 2008, 11:48 PM   #26
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i hear that Metro Line 1 is the french line and the regional one

and Metro Line 2 is the Japanese line and fully metro??

good thing their expanding the system Cairo needs it alot
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 04:32 AM   #27
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Cool pics. I didn't even know that Cairo had a metro.
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 05:27 AM   #28
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They need one in Lagos. How do all those people get around without a metro?!? They opened BRT recently, though.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 12:02 PM   #29
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doesnt look very modern but I guess still does the job......
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Old July 30th, 2009, 09:50 PM   #30
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line3 is under construction
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Old July 31st, 2009, 01:08 AM   #31
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i hear that Metro Line 1 is the french line and the regional one

and Metro Line 2 is the Japanese line and fully metro??
For what it's worth, the Line 2 trains appear to be based on the MF 77 from Paris.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 02:35 PM   #32
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The ticket gates look exactly the same like the ones used in Israel at railwaystations. I wonder if they are constructed by the same company.
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Old August 1st, 2009, 02:10 AM   #33
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Great pictures from Line 1
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Old March 10th, 2010, 02:44 AM   #34
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CAIRO | Metro

Cairo Metro

Locale: Cairo
Transit type: Rapid transit
Number of lines: 2 (3,4,5,6 Confirmed and U/C)
Number of stations: 53
Began operation: 1987

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The Cairo Metro in Egypt is the only full-fledged metro system in Africa, and the Arab World. The system consists of two operational lines, with construction having begun on a third line in 2006.
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The two lines carry around 700 million passengers a year and on average 2 million per day.
Cairo Metro Line 1 is the first line of the Cairo Metro in Cairo, Egypt. First stage of it was opened to the public in 1987 and it was fully completed in 1989 connecting Helwan with El Marg and consisting of 33 stations with a total length of 43 km, of which 4.5 km are underground.

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Cairo Metro Line 2 is the second line of the Cairo Metro in Cairo, Egypt. Cairo's metro network was greatly expanded in the mid-1990s with the building of Line 2 (yellow), from Shoubra El Kheima to Cairo University, with an extension to Giza. It is the first line in history to have a tunnel going under the Nile.[11][18] The tunnel under the Nile is 8.35 m in internal diameter and was constructed using two Herenknecht bentonite slurry shield TBMs, which are 9.43 m in diameter.[11] Extending 21.5 kilometres (13 mi) with 20 stations, it is sometimes called the "Japanese-Built Line".
Lines 3-6 have been confirmed, and are under construction.

















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Cairo’s Metro Line 3 Under Construction

The second phase of construction for Cairo’s Metro Line 3 officially got under way recently. The new line will help to increase the capacity of the Cairo Metro to some 4.5 million commuters when completed. The line will eventually extend from Imbaba to Heliopolis and will serve Cairo Airport. Currently the Cairo metro system serves 2.5 million daily commuters and is Africa’s only full-fledged metro system.

Phase one construction of the third line covered from Attaba to Abbassiya with three new stations at Al-Gaish, Abdo Basha and Al-Abbassiya. The second phase will include four new stations at Cairo Fairgrounds, the Stadium, Koliyat Al-Banat and Al-Ahram Street and should be completed in October of 2012. The new stations will have state-of-the-art security and technology with a contactless fare collection system and commercial outlets.

Much of the work is being completed in partnership with French transportation companies. Francoise Meley, the head of the French Embassy’s economic department in Cairo was at the inauguration of phase two work. “We are very proud to be the partner of Egypt in the development of the Cairo metro network, which is directly benefitting Cairo’s citizens, by making their everyday lives easier and also by reducing air pollution,” she said.

The master plan for Cairo’s metro system has a total of six lines serving the city’s densest areas. The six lines are planned to be complete by 2022.
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Old March 10th, 2010, 04:02 PM   #36
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Thanks for the pics! I would greatly love to visit Cairo someday and it is nice to see the metro system!

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Old March 15th, 2010, 05:42 AM   #37
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Has the light rail/tramway to Hekiopolis closed or is it stioll running? Will Line 3 replace the tramway? Last I read it was it very poor shape with no funding available for repairs.
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Old March 15th, 2010, 06:49 AM   #38
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How long Cairo Metro will be after completion of all 6 lines.
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Old March 15th, 2010, 08:48 AM   #39
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Has the light rail/tramway to Hekiopolis closed or is it stioll running? Will Line 3 replace the tramway? Last I read it was it very poor shape with no funding available for repairs.
Yes its still running. Its seen its best days, and is pretty old, but its still running. I think I heard a rumour that they will either be upgraded or completely removed, not so sure though.

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How long Cairo Metro will be after completion of all 6 lines.
Line 1 = 43 Km
Line 2 = 21.7 Km
Line 3 = 33 Km
Line 4 = 17 Km
Line 5 = 20 Km
Line 6 = 19 Km
Total = 143.7 Km

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Old March 16th, 2010, 02:14 AM   #40
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Thanks . Cairo metro looks very busy when compared to its size. For a comparison, London Underground sees a little over 3 million people for 400 km of length.
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