FILE – Egypt’s Metro
CAIRO – 12 September 2018: Minister of Transportation Hesham Arafat approved to reduce metro subscription for cancer patients, Metro spokesperson Ahmed Abdel Hady said in a press statement on Wednesday.
According to Abdel Hadi’s statement, patients should submit a report signed by the Ministry of Health to obtain the subscription card. The subscription card will include utilities upon the approval of Minister of Transportation Arafat.
The decision is meant to ease the financial burdens of cancer patients, Abdel Hady said. He confirmed that the Metro fare subscription for students of universities, institutes and schools will remain unchanged.
Students are to pay LE33 for three months to use the Metro for 180 trips, he said, adding that more than 25 stations are for LE41.
Students who wish to use the Metro should fill out a form and stamp it from their university, institute or school to issue a subscription card, he added.
On September 10, the board of Egypt Company for Metro Management and Operation canceled discounted tickets for journalists, police and military personnel, and the citizens above the age of 60, according to Metro spokesperson Abdel Hady.
In March 2017, the Ministry of Transport increased the price of standard metro tickets to LE 2, doubling the cost from LE 1.
In May 2018, the ministry decided to increase the fare of underground Metro tickets based on the length of each commute, where commuters are charged a base fare of LE 3 ($ 0.16) for the first nine stops, and additional LE 2 (total LE 5) for every seven additional stations.
The highest ticket price has been fixed at LE 7 if the commuter uses the metro for more than 16 stations.