CAIRO: The Egyptian National Railways (ENR) has installed dozens of ticket booths at main train stations and deployed employees at gates leading to the platform to check tickets after the number of fare-jumpers have increased.
Some train conductors will be investigated and replaced with trained youth after they protested the strict measures that the Railways hopes would sharply decrease ticket evaders, Transportation Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Ibrahim stated Sunday.
The train conductors complain that new regulations will reduce incentives they received based on the fine imposed over the ticket price if a passenger is caught without a ticket inside the train, Ibrahim said, adding that those conductors are “very few.”
The ticket booths were installed on top of the main ticket windows at train stations. If a passenger manages to evade the ticket inspectors at security gates, he would pay the ticket and half its price on the train.
Many passengers preferred to pay the price on board of the train, as the fine was much lower than 50 percent, and it was means to avoid long rows at ticket windows and to catch the train early. However, some of those passengers evaded paying for the tickets altogether.
ENR gradually applied the news measures; in November, head of the ENR Ahmed Hamed said that revenues increased by 22 percent since the regulations were imposed.