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Alexandria light rail transit, Egypt [free access]

July 1, 2018

Operator: Alexandria Passenger Transportation Authority (APTA) is the operator.


Project description:  Upgradation of the light rail transit (LRT) system serving the city of Alexandria.


Background: Alexandria LRT (also known as Al Raml Tram) commenced passenger operations in 1863. It is one of the oldest LRT systems in the world and the oldest operating LRT system in Africa.


Network: The current network comprises 20 lines which together span 32 km and cover 140 stops.


Ridership: The current average daily ridership is 100,000 passengers and is expected to  rise to between 250,000 and 300,000 passengers by 2022.


Rolling stock and technology:  The current fleet includes tramcars manufactured by Japan-based Kinki Sharyo, Hungary-based Ganz and Egypt-based SEMAF (ARE).


Ukraine-based Tatra-Yug is supplying the new tram cars for system upgrade. It supplied 15 tramcars in June 2018.


Tracks are standard gauge (1,435 mm).


Capital plans: In June 2018, the Transport Ministry of Egypt and the city government of Alexandria announced plans to commence the upgrade works in 2019 and complete the works by 2022. Six companies are qualified to bid for the project. As per the scope of work announced in February 2015 by the National Authority of Tunnels (NAT), the project involves the upgrade of the 13.7-km line from Victoria station to Raml station, construction of a 0.9-km extension from Al-Raml Square to Ahmed Orabi Square in Al Manshiya, procurement of rolling stock, tracks and signalling system and installation of ticketing dispensers.


France-based Egis Rail has conducted the feasibility study for the project under a EUR500,000 contract secured from the Ministry of Transport, Egypt. The investment requirement is estimated at EUR363 million. The European Union has allocated a grant of EUR8 million and the European Investment Bank (EIB) and AFD together announced plans to extend soft loans worth EUR237.7 million. In May 2017, France based Agence Française de Développement (AFD) announced plans to allocate EUR100 million for the project.


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