Crédits : Bombardier
The Canadian firm Bombardier, specialized in the construction of transport materials, has just won a contract worth US$4.5 billion for the installation of the monorail in the city of Cairo.
With its 20 million inhabitants, the Egyptian capital is known to be particularly congested. A problem that the authorities – in this case, the National Authority for Tunnels – have chosen to address through the installation of monorail lines, a fully automated means of transport, already in place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and under development in Bangkok, Thailand, or Wuhu, China.
An international project
Bombardier will be associated with local partners such as Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors as part of this project. The three companies will be responsible for the construction, development, and maintenance of the new lines for the next 30 years.
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The monorail is already in service in many cities around the world, such as here in Nagoya, Japan.
“Improving the quality of life”
The 2 monorail lines should be able to carry 45,000 passengers every hour, which should “drastically reduce residents’ travel times, thus improving their quality of life,” said Danny Di Perna, President of Bombardier’s Railways Division, in a statement.
The first line, 54 kilometers long, will connect eastern Cairo with the new administrative capital under construction in the desert, while the second, 42 kilometers long, will connect the city on 6 October in Giza.