Egyptian Transport Minister Kamel al-Wazir announced Monday that the first 10 stations of the bus rapid transit (BRT) system will begin to be established, with architectural and construction diagrams already completed.

Wazir made the announcement during his inspection tour to the stations that have been started. These are the Suez – Asher Station – al-Marj – Mostorod – Bahtim – stations, and the intersection of the Ring Road with Cairo-Alexandria Agricultural Road.

The construction of remaining stations is underway. Wazir indicated that six lanes will be dedicated for private cars, and an internal lane will be designated for the BRT buses, bringing the total to seven lanes in each direction, except for the Moneib Bridge, which will have a total of eight lanes in each direction.

The minister added that there are some global alliances interested in cooperating with the Transport Ministry in managing and operating the BRT buses, noting that the optimal advertising and investment exploitation will be made for all BRT stations.

Wazir said in May that his ministry will incorporate Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) into the Ring Road, making it the first road in Egypt to use this system.

The ministry has signed an MoU in May with a consortium led by the French company Transdev to prepare technical and economic feasibility studies for the establishment of a BRT system on Cairo’s Ring Road. Egyptian national companies Orascom, Mwasalat Misr, and MCV will also be involved in the development of this project.

BRT buses will run for the first time on the Ring Road around Greater Cairo, which is considered the most important traffic axis in Greater Cairo, with nearly 213,000 cars traveling on it each day.

This project will ideally be integrated with the already existing transportation network, and linked with other current and future means of transport such as buses, monorail, metro, railway lines and LRT, according to Transport Ministry.

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