Metro tickets’ prices not to increase: Transport Minister
Passengers are seen boarding the carriages of the new metro line in Cairo on February 21, 2012, linking the central Ataba district with the subrub of Abbasiya, two of the Egyptian capital's busiest neighborhoods. AFP

CAIRO: The prices of metro tickets will not see an increase at the short term, Minister of Transport Saad el-Geoushy told Youm7 Wednesday.

Early in December, the ministry announced plans to raise the fees of the metro tickets amid major deficits the sector is facing due to burdening debts that mount to $2.6 billion.

Geoushy explained that the ministry changed its mind in a current raise to ticket price “because the country’s situation is not suitable, and some citizens suffer difficult financial problems.”

“The metro is the cheapest mean of transport in Egypt … [w]e just want people not to escape from paying the tickets,” he added.

A metro ticket costs 1 EGP ($0.13) it is a unified price that can take a passenger through one station up to dozens, connecting Greater Cairo over more than 80 kilometers.

Geoushy noted that the low price of the ticket adds to the metro deficit, adding that the price has not changed since 2007.

The metro is a cheap and fast mean of transport that is used by millions of passengers every day. There are some 48 trains on the first metro line (traveling 522 trips,) 31 on the second (traveling 664 trips) and nine on the third (with 530 trips,) all according to winter schedule provided by the Transport Ministry.

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