CAIRO: Twenty new smart buses are scheduled to begin operation next week, Giza Governor Aly Abdel Rahman said Friday evening, according to Youm7.
“The Giza governorate plans to cooperate with one of the public transportation companies to operate the smart buses,” media adviser to the Ministry of Transportation Mohamed Ezz told The Cairo Post Saturday. He further added that “the governorate is responsible for implementing that deal, not the ministry.”
Giza governorate will provide new buses equipped with modern entertainment systems through merging digital technology and operational systems according to international quality standards, he added.
“The 20 new advanced busses will be operational next week with WiFi access and surveillance cameras to monitor the driver, passengers and the buses’ routes,” Youm7 quoted Abdel Rahman as saying.
The launch of the new smart buses will be attended by a number of Public Transportation Authority’s leaders, said Abdel Rahman, who added that “this step comes in the framework of ongoing Egyptian plans to develop and modify public transportation and improve public services.”
Bus tickets will cost up to 2 EGP (U.S. $0.28) per trip for the buses with WiFi, Cairo Governor Galal al-Said said in March. Shorter trips would cost less.
Also, Cairo Governorate signed a protocol with the Engineering Company for the automotive and transportation industry in March to supply 150 buses with WiFi and internal and external screens at a cost of 163 million EGP, Youm7 reported. Those buses were to be delivered in batches of 30 to 40 over the months of August and September.
The project providing WiFi-enabled buses was launched on Dec. 29, 2013 in Cairo with a cost of 8 million EGP within the framework of replacing and renewing public transport buses.
The smart buses come amid calls by 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 rights to better internet services.
Additional Reporting by Maged Temraz, Hend Mokhtar and Ahmed Abdel Rady.