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Egypt’s govt to contract local and foreign private sector for railway projects
Deputy Transport Minister Amr Shaath said Tuesday that the ministry is moving to make joint investments with the Egyptian and foreign private sector regarding projects on railways, metro, and land ports. He added that Transport Minister Hisham Arafat stressed the necessity of private sector participation and investment inflow, especially after the government successfully improved the infrastructure in facilities such as railways. Shaath explained that there are large investment fields and opportunities in railway projects, after the amendment of the railway authority’s law allowing the participation of the private sector in the implementation of new lines and the operation of new services in the passenger and cargo sector. He pointed out that Egypt is attractive to investment in transport projects, especially with increasing rates of development and expansion of national projects throughout the country. In a statement to Al-Masry Al-Youm, Shaath said that the ministry held a workshop with the World Bank to study the  private sector’s participation in transport projects. Shaath pointed to the successful implementation of the country’s largest project to improve railway efficiency and infrastructure at a cost of LE 12.5 billion. The results of the project will be presented next year, along with the purchase of 1,300 coaches at a cost of LE21 billion alongside 100 locomotives. According to Shaath, the government has already completed the largest and most difficult part of investment which is investing in infrastructure such as with a new project to electrify train signals in accordance with international standards, allowing the speed of trains to 140 kilometers per hour. They also increased the number of trips, follow-ups, secured the process and renewed tracks. The deputy minister pointed out that cooperation is being made with international finance banks for renovations on the first line of the metro and railway projects.   Source:https://ww.egyptindependent.com/
Egypt’s Deputy Minister of Transportation, Amr Shaat, has announced that the ministry is working towards building a monorail in Egypt for the first time. Shaat said that a joint committee has been formed by the ministries of transportation and housing to initiate bidding on the project. The project is meant to link the cities of 6th of October and Sheikh Zayed with the capacity to transport 1 million commuters daily. According to the State Information Service, the monorail travels on a concrete bridge, and its first phase extends to 35 Kilometres, and it can cross that distance in 35 minutes. The line will also have 10 stops between both cities. According to El Watan, the Minister also announced planning for another monorail in the New Administrative Capital, which extends 52 kilometres long. Both projects are said to cost EGP 18 Billion. They will also link both suburbs to Cairo's metro network through its third phase. The acting president of the National Authority for Tunnels announced that 6 international entities have expressed interest in the project, following: “the companies will present their bids during next week, and the bids will be discussed and presented to the concerned executive body afterwards.”   Source:http://cairoscene.com/
Cairo now home to Uber's first minibus service globally
Uber Bus, a new bus-booking service by Uber, as displayed following a news conference in Cairo, Egypt, December 4, 2018 (Photo: Ali Nada)  Uber has launched a new minibus service in the Egyptian capital Cairo, the first city globally to be rolling out the product, the ride-hailing giant's CEO said on Tuesday, as the company looks to reach the low-income user segment. Uber Bus will "now be the most affordable way to use Uber technology to get around the city," CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told a news conference in Cairo. The new launch is part of the company’s major push to offer low-cost transportation formats as it aims to attract new rider segments, including those who might not be able to afford a traditional Uber car ride. “There are millions of people in Egypt and around the world who still face real barriers to using Uber,” Khosrowshahi said, adding that the new service will make the company’s products more accessible. In the infamously traffic-clogged city, Uber hopes the new bus-booking service will help reduce congestion, pollution and free up space on the road used for parking by replacing personal automobiles. Also on Tuesday, the company said it would launch a simpler, smaller-size version of its app in the Middle East early next year. Uber Lite, which is now being piloted in Pakistan, is designed to work on slower networks and older mobile phones, and it consumes less internet bandwidth. Egypt is Uber's biggest market in the Middle East and among the company's top 10 global markets in terms of the number of trips people take using the app. Uber estimates that more than five million Egyptians use its app to commute every day across half of the cities in Egypt, and the San Francisco-based company aims to further scale up its business in the fast-growing market, where it employs over 90,000 active drivers. "Egypt and the Middle East region are hugely important to Uber and we will continue to invest heavily in this part of the world," Khosrowshahi said. The company aims to grow the number of global users regularly using the app from 100 million to 1 billion, he added. It is investing over $100 million into a customer support center in Cairo that serves the Middle East and North Africa. The new bus service is expected to cost customers 80 percent less than Uber's standard car service, Uber's general manager for the Middle East and North Africa region Abdellatif Waked told Ahram Online. Uber has been testing the minibus service in Cairo since September. Passengers can request a bus ride through the standard Uber app, which finds other riders traveling in the same route and directs them to a pick-up spot. The app will show riders walking directions to both pick-up and drop-off points, making the service a "combination of waiting and walking." “Cairo is a huge city for us, millions of people move around every day and traffic is a nightmare for people getting around, so a service like Uber Bus where you can get more people in less cars will help with congestion and at the same time provide a price point that is much lower," Waked said. The service currently runs along four lines in the districts of Nasr City, Mohandessin and Heliopolis. Uber aims to roll out the service in other Egyptian cities in the coming months and plans to expand it to other countries in Africa and the Middle East as part of its goal to become a one-stop-shop for all transportation and delivery needs. Egypt's government is working to attract greater private sector investments in the transport sector as part of efforts to bolster competitiveness and offer more efficient services and better prices for Egyptians, Egyptian Investment Minister Sahar Nasr, who attended Tuesday's launching ceremony, said. The government also welcomes companies like Uber as they help increase tax revenues and employ many Egyptians from the country's informal sector, she added. Tuesday's announcement came one day after Uber's Middle East rival Careem launched a bus-booking service in Egypt, which it said would soon expand into Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Uber already operates other shared-ride options in the country such as its carpooling service UberPool and motorbike ride service Uber Scooter.    Source:http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/3/12/319487/Business/Economy/Cairo-now-home-to-Ubers-first-minibus-service-glob.aspx
Egypt's Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport are planning on installing automatic ticket machines at metro stations. So long, standing in messy lines just to get your ticket. A specialized international company is supplying the ticket machines to Egypt. According to the Finance Ministry, this is a step towards reducing traffic at metro stations across Cairo. Tests of the product have been done and were successful, further stated the Ministry. In addition, several metro stations throughout Egypt had ATMs installed in them, as well as change stations for users who don't have change for the ticket machines. Both ticket and change machines will be imported into Egypt, Finance Minister Sherif Hazem said.   Source:http://cairoscene.com/
Ukrzaliznytsya told how worn out are their locomotives
PJSC "Ukrzaliznytsya" plans to write off 30-40% of the fleet of locomotives because of their unsuitability. This was reported by Chairman of the Board of "Ukrzaliznytsia" Yevgeny Kravtsov. “Today, from the general fleet of Ukrzaliznytsia, from 30% to 40% of locomotives - diesel locomotives, electric locomotives and shunting diesel locomotives - cannot be restored. In accordance with established procedures, after the certification we will write them off and implement them in accordance with the procedure established by the Cabinet of Ministers. Now we are “testing” this procedure on the write-off of non-recoverable cars. It provides for an independent assessment of relevant facilities and their implementation through the ProZorro system Sales, ”Kravtsov said. Recall, according to the UZ data specified in the development strategy of Ukrzaliznytsia for 2017–2021, the working fleet of main electric locomotives is 66% of the inventory, and its wear is 84%. The working fleet of mainline diesel locomotives is 42% of inventory, wear - 84%. According to the open data of the Ministry of Infrastructure, the fleet of UZ diesel locomotives is 1936 units, the fleet of electric locomotives is 1625 e., the diesel fleet of diesel trains has 301 sections, 165 trains. Why is it important? “Ukrzaliznytsia” has repeatedly declared about the shortage of cars and traction, which negatively affects the work of the business. And if with the UZ carriages for today the situation has at least stabilized, then with the problems the last years are very acute. According to experts, the locomotive traction of PJSC "Ukrzaliznytsia" today is worn by 97%. And this leads to downtime and disruption of the schedule. Due to the lack of traction, the cars are idle on the roads of Ukrzaliznytsia. For example, the company "Lemtrans" of Rinat Akhmetov in the middle of June reported a downtime of more than 2 thousand loaded and empty cars. Increasing the number of GE locomotives should help businesses save money on logistics.   Source:https://delo.ua/business/v-ukrzaliznyce-rasskazali-naskolko-iznosheny-ih-lokomotivy-346214/