Al-Haram (Al-Ahram) street, Giza - Wikimedia Commons/Jeff Dahl
CAIRO – 10 November 2019; The general directorate of traffic in Giza announced reopening the Al-Haram Street, one of Giza's most vital roads that lead to the Great Pyramids, after maintenance work to transfer facilities for the Line four of Cairo Metro was completed.
The road, also known as Al-Ahram, was partially closed over the past three days, amid spread of traffic services to facilitate the movement of cars.
The first underground metro train of the fourth phase of the third metro line entered service in June this year departing from Shams Club Station at 5:00 a.m. to Al Ahram Station in Heliopolis passing through Attaba Station.
The third line with its four phases will eliminate nearly two million daily commutes taking place above the ground. As such, Cairo’s traffic congestion will be reduced and the duration of commutes will be shortened saving LE 250 million ($14.2 million) in the cost of public transportation buses. The project will save up to LE 2.72 billion a year overall. The third line includes 10 stations and has a total length of 15.8 km.
The third phase of the third metro line will connect the working-class districts of Attaba, Bulaq and Imbaba with Cairo University in Giza. The phase will also pass through well-off neighborhoods like Zamalek, Mohandiseen and Agouza. The construction work of the 18-kilometer phase officially started in 2017; it includes 15 stops, including Zamalek.
Around 3.5 million Cairenes use the metro every day. Launched in 1987, the metro has since become the most important means of transportation in Cairo. Female commuters can either choose to take the non-segregated cars or use the women-only carriages. Within the 2030 Vision, it is planned that Greater Cairo houses six metro lines.