CAIRO: The tariff of the air-conditioned buses with WiFi service will be 2 EGP for long distances, Cairo Governor Galal al-Said said Tuesday.
Said added during press conference the first group of air-conditioned buses with WiFi service will be launched Tuesday for long distance. The major cities will have about 60-70 percent of the total number of new buses.
He explained the first group of buses will be supplied before the end of May 2014, explaining that the protocols of these buses were signed with a Swiss company. He said 40 buses started transportation on Tuesday morning. He said 50 cameras will be installed in the streets Downtown Cairo and another 200 cameras at all highways.
The Cairo Governorate signed a protocol with the Engineering Company for the automotive industry and transportation Tuesday to supply 150 buses provided with WiFi, and internal and external screens at the cost of 163 million EGP. The plan is to develop and modify the fleet of the public transportation and improve public services.
Said added that the proposal provided by the National Service Project Organization included maintenance work for 15 years and providing the required spare parts and technical training.
The first 25 buses provided with WiFi operated on Jan. 5 in short distance routes through Shubra to Cairo International Airport within the plan to develop the public transportation system. The new buses also have LCD screens and the passengers can pay with cash or with a prepaid card.
The buses project providing WiFi was launched on Dec. 29, 2013 in Cairo with a cost of 8 million EGP in the framework of replacing and renewing the public transport buses.
The new buses come amid the calls of internet users for better service, high speed, and reduction of prices. Some internet users launched a campaign on Facebook and Twitter in February called the ‘Internet Revolution’ to inform other users about their right for better internet services.
Additional reporting Hend Mokhtar and Ahmed Abdel Rady.