The Egyptian Ministry of Transportation increased tickets price of the third line of the Metro,
coinciding with the opening of three new stations: Haroun, Nadi al-Shams, and Alf Maskan, in Cairo
The new stations were opened to facilitate the traffic issues for civilians and the African fans during the upcoming African Cup of Nations Championship (AFCON).
The ticket increase applied only in the third line, and does not apply to the first or the second lines. Moreover, the discounted fares for students and people with disabilities are the same.
However, if the passenger uses the third line, even for one station, their tickets will be considered as if it is a third line ticket and the increase will be applied.
Consequently, when a passenger rides 11 stations in the first or the second line and then rides one station in the third line, the ticket will be considered as 12 stations from the third line. This means the ticket will be within the second segment in the third line and will cost EGP 7.
The ticket price of the third line includes dividing the tickets into three segments. The first segment is the passenger who rides the metro from one station up to 9 stations and the ticket price will be EGP 5. The second segment is from 10 to 16 stations and that ticket price will increase to be EGP 7. Lastly, the third segment that is more than 16 stations will cost EGP 10.
The new increase in the ticket price created a state of disorder in the third line stations, especially between students. Some did not understand the new increases in the system as they were asking each other about prices, opinions, and potential alternatives in transportation.
One of the passengers said she will reduce her use of the metro to once a day and use the public bus to get to work instead.