The much-awaited High Quality Bus Pilot Project is finally on its way to becoming a reality with The New Urban Communities Authority/Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities signing a Contract with the Egyptian Emirate Consortium on Monday to successfully roll out the public transport lines in the cities of 6 October and Sheikh Zayed, connecting with the Metro Network.
The "High quality Bus" Pilot Project is one of the Sustainable Transport Project (STP) pilots that aim to reduce the growth of the energy consumption and the related greenhouse gas emissions of the transport sector in Egypt.
The Pilot is to provide 7 new public bus lines to serve as an attractive public transport alternative to the private car, encouraging modal shift to such environmentally friendly and energy saving mode for daily travel. The new public bus lines will connect the cities of Sixth of October and Sheikh Zayed with the Metro Station at Cairo University, Giza Governorate.
The project has been designed by transportation and traffic planning experts from the Development Research & Technological Planning Center. The high quality buses will be managed according to the latest smart operating systems, applied or the first time in Egypt.
The Egyptian Emirate Consortium, including the Abu-Dhabi-based Emirates National Group and Egyptian company "Mowasalat Misr", is the winning bidder that will be in charge of the implementation, operation and maintenance of 7 HQB lines. The Consortium will supply 40 vehicles and be allowed to use the financial revenues coming from the operation of the bus lines and from utilization of the commercial facilities.
The Chairman of Mowasalat Misr Dr. Hesham Taha, who signed the contract as a representative of the Consortium, said the bus services should start at the beginning of next year, connecting most parts of the cities of 6 October city and Sheikh Zayed .
The Signature Ceremony took place in Cairo House on Monday 8 May 2017 in presence of three ministers: the Minister of Environment Dr. Khaled Fahmy, the Minister of Transport Dr. Hesham Arafat, and Giza Governor General Mohamed Kamal EL-Daly along with UNDP Country Director Randa Aboul-Hosn.
The ceremony was opened by EEAA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mona Kamal and attended by representatives of Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development, EEAA, Street Engineering Experts and media.