CAIRO: A fourth air-conditioned metro carriage will operate on the oldest line running from Helwan to Marg districts after the four-day Eid al-Adha or “Feast of Sacrifice,” which will end Sept. 27, announced the Metro Company Tuesday.
The new trains are part of a South Korean deal to export 20 trains purchased from Hyundai Rotem for 2.2 billion EGP ($288.8 million.)
The first three carriages were installed during the past three months.
The deal aims to improve service for passengers using the first metro line, while the old ones will be under maintenance.
The metro, with a single-ride fare of 1 EGP ($ 0.12,) is used daily by approximately 3.5 million Cairenes, according to the State Information Service (SIS.)
The government has begun works at the national project of the Third Metro Line that aims to expand the subway network.
The Third Phase project is planned to connect Imbaba and Mohandiseen districts, and pass under the Nile River to Zamalek and continue to Attaba, Abassiya, Cairo Stadium, Heliopolis and the Cairo Airport.