CAIRO: Prime Minister Sherif Ismail met Thursday with representatives from Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc. to discuss the construction of the first monorail train in Egypt, Youm7 reported.
The company said that the 35 km line is set to be established links Giza and 6 of October City together through 10 stations. The daily capacity of the monorail reaches 270,000 passengers; the journey lasts 38 minutes.
The construction timetable of the monorail was previously reported to begin in January 2016 and end by mid-2018. The project reportedly costs $1.5 billion.
The housing ministry has published a concept design of the train, in which the Mall of Arabia Shopping Center, situated in 6 of October City, appears in the background.
The 6 of October City is reachable through the Mehwar Bridge or (6 of October Corridor) that starts from the 26th July Corridor near Zamalek and Mohandiseen, and has an exit to the Cairo –Alexandria Desert Road.
Although it is classified as part of Giza governorate, 6 of October City is located in the desert far from downtown Cairo and active districts; 17 km from the Giza Pyramids and 32 km from downtown Cairo.