On 3 January, Egyptian Transport Minister Kamal al-Wazir announced the establishment of ten BRT stations (bus rapid transit) that will begin to start the construction of the stations and the diagrams are already completed.
Wazir himself makes this announcement during his inspection tour of the stations that have been started.
These are the Suez – Asher Station – al-Marj – Mostorod – Bahtim – stations and the Ring Road’s intersection with the Cairo-Alexander Agricultural Road.
The construction of the remaining stations is under process.
According to the Wazir, they dedicated six lanes to the private cars, giving the internal lane to the BRT buses. A total of seven lanes will be designated to each direction except the Moneib Bridge, which will have a capacity of eight lanes in each direction.
Further Minister added that some global cooperations are interested in cooperating with the Ministry of Transport in the matter of managing and directing the buses of BRT, stating the will make the optimal advertising and investment exploitation for all BRT stations.
In May, in an interview, Wazir said that his ministry would include ITS (Intelligent Transportation System)in the Ring Road, by which road will be the first road in whole Egypt who will use this system.
In May ministry has signed an MoU with the French company Transdev to prepare technical and economic feasibility analyses for the innovation of the BRT system on Cairo’s Ring Road.
Three Egyptian national companies named Orascom, Mwasalat Misr and MCV will also be involved in the development project.
BRT buses will run first on the Ring Road around Greater Cairo. This is the road with the maximum traffic axis in Greater Cairo, with nearly 213,000 cars travelling on it each day.
According to Transport Ministry, this project will ideally be merged with the already existing transportation network and connected with other current and future means of transport such as buses, monorail, metro, railway lines, and LRT.