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Old January 10th, 2015, 01:38 PM   #1
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ALEXANDRIA | Public Transport

This thread is about public transport in Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria is the second largest city and the second largest metropolitan area in Egypt after Greater Cairo by size and population, extending about 32 km (20 mi) along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north central part of the country. With area of 2,679 km2 and 4,546,231 inh., this city is main seaport of Egypt and important tourist resort.

City's public transport consists of tram and buses. About buses, taken from Lonely Planet:

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Several of the biggest Egyptian cities have bus systems. Practically speaking, you might use them only in Cairo and Alexandria. They’re not particularly visitor-friendly, as numbers are displayed only in Arabic numerals, the routes are unpublished and the buses themselves are often overcrowded to the point of record-breaking.

There’s no orderly queue to board – in fact, quite the opposite – and the bus rarely rolls to a complete stop, whether you’re getting on or off. If you do make it on, at some point a conductor will manage to squeeze his way through to sell you your ticket
There are no clear maps on bus routes, the fare (any distance) is 3 L.E. (Egyptian pound) (£0.33/€0.39/$0.52) (price as of January 2011). Photo from Wikipedia. Initially I thought that these double-decker buses are used for tourists:



While the buses are less information, there are lots of information about trams. There are lots of features - the oldest tram system not just in Egypt, but also in Africa - was opened in 8 January 1863 (but electricified in 1902); the largest in Egypt and one the largest in Africa - 32km (to compare Tunisia has 30 km of its tram network, 30 km - in Cairo, 20,7 km - in Algiers, 19 km - Rabat and 31 km in Casablanca) and one of three tram systems in the world still having double-decker trams (after Hong Kong and Blackpool). Bad thing that we won't see any tram extensions and city will soon lose its title of largest tram network in Africa. System has 140 stations and runs on stanart gauge (1435 mm). Tram map from urbanrail.net, which is created by me:



Track map, taken from here:
http://www.oocities.org/alextracks/



Two other maps - are officially used in the network, but there are confusing:


Alexandria Tram Station by perspective-OL, on Flickr



Tram is consists of two systems - Tram Al Madina is urban tram system, characterised with its yellow colour (except for routes 25 & 36, which are red and yellow):































The other - Tram Al Ramlh trams cars are characterized by their blue and cream livery:

















The tram fares are 25 piastres (0.25 pounds) during most of the day, and 50 piastres (0.50 pounds) after 9pm. Some trams (that date back the 30s) charge a pound. The Tram is considered the cheapest method of public transport.

Ramleh station:





Some more information about trams:
https://hkgtrams.wordpress.com/2012/...exandriaegypt/
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel...trip-BR-1.html
http://www.oocities.org/alextracks/
http://trampicturebook.de/tram/afrik...dria/index.htm
http://www.urbanrail.net/af/alex/alexandria.htm
http://en.sporvognsrejser.dk/byer/al...authority_apta
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trams_in_Alexandria

Official website for APTA (Alexandria Passenger Transportation Authority):
http://www.alexapta.org/en/

And some videos:













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I know that ome of the yellow trams are fron Copenhagen....but the other ones,looking more modern,where are they from?Thank you-merci.....
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Old January 10th, 2015, 05:20 PM   #3
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I know that ome of the yellow trams are fron Copenhagen....but the other ones,looking more modern,where are they from?Thank you-merci.....
Others are from Japan and Hungary, that's what the sources above said
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About rolling stock you can see here - both links are in Russian:
http://transphoto.ru/list.php?did=1199
http://transphoto.ru/list.php?did=1201
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From Egypt Independent:

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Transport Ministry to develop Alexandria tram for 300 mn euros
30/03/2015 - 10:47



Informed sources at the Transport Ministry have revealed the development and electrification of the al-Raml area tram and subsequent postponement of the subway project in Alexandria.

The development of the tram will cost the state only 10 percent of the value of the establishment of a subway, said the sources.

The initial study, conducted by the French Development Agency, reported that the cost of converting the Raml tram to a quick electrified tram is 300 million euros, the sources added

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WOow I had no Idea how Alexandria is dirty and how old the trams are.... the pictures are they recent ?
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WOow I had no Idea how Alexandria is dirty and how old the trams are.... the pictures are they recent ?
Not all pictures are recent - from one up to six-seven years. Taken from different sources, including Wikipedia
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From Daily News Egypt:

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http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/1...tion-minister/

EIB provides €200m for Egypt’s third metro line: Cooperation Minister
December 24, 2015

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Further, the EIB is contributing €150m to the Alexandria tram project, which has a total cost of €300m

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The project is to modernise the Raml tram network:
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news...m-300-mn-euros
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Dusk Streetscape View in Alexandria by Tim Gemperline, on Flickr
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Tatra-Yug won contract to supply 15 new tram cars:
http://tatra-yug.com.ua/index.php/20...0%D0%B2%D0%BA/

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From Rail Journal

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php...ml?channel=538

Funding agreed for Alexandria tramway upgrade
Friday, May 19, 2017



EGYPT’s Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation signed a €100m loan agreement with the French Development Agency (AFD) on May 16 which will help finance a €360m project to modernise the 13.7km Raml tram line in Alexandria

The three-year project aims to increase capacity on the network from 100,000 to 230,000 passengers per day, with measures including grade separation at busy road intersections and traffic signal prioritisation for trams. There will also be a 0.9km extension from Al-Raml Square to Ahmed Orabi Square in Al Manshiya

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