The monorail project is one of the latest projects in Cairo, Egypt. It involves two monorail lines: The Administrative Capital Monorail and the 6th of October Monorail. These lines are a new means of mass transportation that connect the Greater Cairo Region with the Administrative Capital, bringing about a major cultural shift in the passenger transport sector. This new method aims to facilitate the movement of employees and expatriates to the Administrative Capital and is expected to contribute to reducing environmental pollution rates and easing traffic jams on main axes and streets.
In this article, we will review the most important features of the Monorail project, based on what was published by the Information and Decision Support Center for the Council of Ministers:
The Administrative Capital Monorail:
1- It starts from Nasr City to the New Administrative Capital.
2- It includes 21 stations, which are “Stadium - Hisham Barakat - Al-Azhar University - Seventh District - Free Zone - Al-Moshir Mosque - Ninety Street - Air Hospital - Twist Hotel - Future University - Emaar - Nafoura Square - Al-Birwa - Beit Al-Watan - Al-Fattah Al Alim Mosque - Residential District R2 - Regional Ring - Al-Massa Hotel - Governmental District - Embassies District - Administrative Capital.”
3- It contributes to transporting the employees and visitors from Cairo and Giza in the shortest journey time as it is connected to the third line of the subway.
4- The first phase will be ready for passengers in late May 2022 “Al-Moshir Mosque - Administrative Capital,” while the second phase will be ready in February 2023.
5- The project’s total implementation rate is 21.2% until July 2021.
6th of October Monorail:
1 - It starts from the League of Arab States on the third line of the subway to the new expansions in Sixth of October City.
2- It includes 12 stations, which are “Gameet Al-Dowal – Ring Road – Mariouteya – Mansourieh – Desert Road (Cairo – Alexandria) – Hyper One – Juhayna – Urban Communities Authority – Al Hosary – Dar Al Fouad – Industrial Zone – Express Train.”
3- The project will be implemented within 42 months, and it will be ready for passengers in early June 2023.
Egypt will host the monorail project for the first time and it will represent a great cultural shift in mass transportation, pointing out that this type of transportation is fast, modern, safe, and environment-friendly. It’s meant to save fuel consumption, reduce environmental pollution rates, relieve traffic jams on main axes and streets, and attract passengers to use it instead of their own cars. The whole project’s cost is 56 billion EGP, which makes it one of the biggest investments in our country. The ticket’s price has not been determined yet, but it ranges from 10, 15, 20, and 30 pounds.