CAIRO: Transport Minister Galal Saeed promised metro drivers to raise their salaries once the ticker price is increased, Youm7 reported Thursday.
In a meeting with the drivers, where they demanded more incentives and allowances, Saeed said they needed to “bear the difficult circumstances of the country” until the ticket price increases.
The Transport Ministry has been making statements on the losses of the metro company due to the “low price” of the ticket; 1 EGP ($0.11,).
The potential new ticket price will reach 1.5 EGP, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail told editors-in-chief of national and independent newspapers March 8.
“The decision of increasing price of metro ticket is inevitable,” Cairo Metro representative in the Ministry of Transportation Khaled Sabra told Youm7 on Feb. 22.
Former Transport Minister Saad el-Geyoushi said in 2015 the metro’s debts amount to $2.6 billion, worsened by a high rate of fare-jumpers, and that the price has not changed since 2007.
The metro is the cheapest and fastest means of transport used by millions of travelers each day, skipping road traffic congestion.