A better metro service for Cairo’s commuters
Millions of commuters in Cairo will benefit from a €100 million sovereign loan that will enable the Egyptian National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) to procure 13 new trains to be operated on the Cairo Metro.
Traffic congestion in Cairo has been increasing at a rapid pace, leaving people immobile, particularly during peak hours, at substantial cost to the Egyptian economy. There is a clear and urgent need to increase the number of higher capacity and low-emission public transport vehicles to reduce congestion and pollution levels.
Used by over 2.4 million passengers per day, the Metro is one of the key modes of public transport in the city. The EBRD funds will increase the capacity of Metro Line 2 by approximately 23 per cent.
The Bank will assist NAT in incorporating gender and disability considerations into the planning and provision of services for passengers. Furthermore, the public procurement process for the metro upgrade will lead to the creation of an on-site training programme that will offer unemployed young people the opportunity to enhance their technical skills and improve their job prospects.