Army to provide public busing in Giza in response to fare speculation
Cairo Transport bus - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Egyptian military has provided 36 buses in Giza governorate for public transportation after bus drivers raised fares more than the amount approved by the government, Youm7 reported Monday.

“The Egyptian armed forces will not only provide subsidized products, but run the public transport bus fleet starting June 7,” armed forces spokesman Mohamed Ghoneim said Sunday.

Giza Governor Ali Abdel Rahman said Monday during a tour of Giza Square that the military buses began operating Monday morning and can carry 46 passengers each. The army buses will work on nine different routes in Giza.

Abdel Rahman also said any further attempts by bus drivers to illegally raise fares will be met with legal action.

Non-military bus drivers raised their fare prices in response to a government decision to raise the price of fuel last week. The government cut subsidies on fuel and raised oil prices by up to 78 percent. Taxi drivers have also raised their fares in response.

Some taxi drivers have raised their fares three times the amount stipulated by the government and turned off their fare meters. Microbus drivers in some instances have also raised their fares by 50 percent.

The Giza governorate has allowed a new fare rate for microbuses and white taxis, but some drivers have said the permitted hikes are not enough to match the spike in the cost of oil. The base fare for white taxis will now start at 3 EGP (42 cents), up from the previous 2.50 EGP.

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