News

Egyptians pay EGP 47 billion on Cairo traffic

Egyptians pay EGP 47 billion on Cairo traffic

 

overcrowded area causing pedestrians to share roads with vehicles.
overcrowded area causing pedestrians to share roads with vehicles.

A study recently released by the World Bank reveals that Cairo’s infamous traffic costs Egypt EGP 47 billion (USD 6.5 billion) annually and is expected to reach EGP 105 billion (USD 14.6 billion) by 2030.

The study takes place in the Greater Cairo Metropolitan Area (GCMA), which is home to 19.6 million people making it the largest share of population, economy, industry and human resources in Egypt.

According to the study, almost four percent of Egypt’s GDP is lost due to traffic congestion which takes into account the cost of time wasted (50 percent), delay expenses (31 percent), and health costs (19 percent).

The percentage of Egypt’s GDP loss due to Cairo’s traffic is relatively high compared to that of New York, which makes up 0.7 percent of the US’ GDP, and Jakarta, which represents 0.6 percent loss of Indonesia’s GDP.

The country’s crippling traffic problem is not only a result of poor urban and traffic planning, but also due to a lack of order in the country. The study concluded that poor traffic management was the main cause of congestion.

The study mentions “limited parking capacity, few traffic signals, random stops by cars and minivans, no proper pedestrian crossings and U-turns,” as the main reasons to Cairo’s chaotic traffic.

The lack of appropriate infrastructure and implementation of laws are also to blame. “There are no on-street parking charges, no tolls on most major corridors, and gasoline and diesel are heavily subsidized in Egypt (up to 50%),” mentions the report.

The study also mentions the ease of owning and operating a private car burdens the traffic system. Cairo’s passenger cars make up 55 percent of vehicles in Cairo.

Furthermore, the study states that there are “no incentives for people to rationalize their travel or carpool.”

However, excessive ownership of private cars is not the only reason Cairo’s traffic congestions could last for most of the day. The Greater Cairo Metropolitan Area is under-supplied with public transport.

Cairo has 4km of metro line per million inhabitants, while London has 166km and Mexico City has 12km, and only 231 buses per million inhabitant, while London has 753 and Mexico City has 362.

A bus crash that killed 8 American tourists in 2011.
A bus crash that killed 8 American tourists in 2011.

Cairo’s traffic not only poses dangers to the economy, but also poses dangers to pedestrians and inhabitants of the GCMA. Egypt’s roads lead to almost 10,000 deaths per year; while, almost 1,000 deaths in Cairo occur due to traffic related accidents, of which more than half are pedestrians. An average of EGP 8.5 billion is spent every year on health issues related to traffic.

There have been efforts from the Egyptian government to attend to this issue; however, the government has not kept pace with the growth of the city.

The study suggests that authorities start with “corridor management schemes,” which entails traffic lights and regulated on-street parking, as well as, the adoption of traffic related charges.

In addition to corridor management schemes, authorities should remove fuel subsidies and re-invest funds into the public transport system. This also includes, ensuring maintenance and efficiency of public transportation.

 
Check out the mystery behind Cairo’s abandoned cars, here.

Egypt among the world's unhappiest countries
World Leaders to Attend Sisi's Presidential Inauguration

Subscribe to our newsletter


News
@FaridaMEzzat

A young passionate writer hoping to become an established journalist, entrepreneur and a women's rights activist. Farida hopes that by achieving her dreams she can pave the way for other women to do the same. http://faridaezzat.wordpress.com/

More in News

Tiran Island

Egypt High Court Declares Void Transfer of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 16, 2017
Top-best-hd-wallpapers-dubai-skyline-hd-wallpapers-imagen-by-balamuda

Egyptians Invest EGP 13 Billion in Dubai Real Estate in 2016

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 15, 2017
A pharmacist searches for medicine at a pharmacy in Cairo, Egypt, November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Medicine Prices in Egypt Increased by up to 20%

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 13, 2017
Navy officers appear to be handing out water bottles to a group of refugees who were prevented from illegally migrating in September 2015. Credit: Military Spokesman

Egypt Prevents 12,192 from Illegally Migrating in 2016

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 12, 2017
Photograph released by the Ministry of Antiquities

3,500-Year-Old Ancient Egyptian Tombs Unearthed in Aswan

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 12, 2017
egypt-taba-beach-movenpick-resort

Egypt Introduces New Security Measures for Everyone Travelling to South Sinai

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 12, 2017
burqa759

Morocco ‘Bans Sale of the Burqa’

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 11, 2017
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed El Baradei listens to a speech at the International Conference on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe in Luxembourg May 24, 2007.    REUTERS/Thierry Roge   (LUXEMBOURG)

Mohamed ElBaradei Criticises ‘Fascism’ in Egypt after MP Demands Revocation of Citizenship

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 10, 2017
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.