The tram train marks not only a traditional means of transportation in the coastal city Alexandria, but a landmark of the city as well. The touristic cafeteria tram train is considered the landmark’s latest facelift amid several renovations the city has witnessed since the new governor, Hany el-Messiry, was sworn-in earlier in February.
For a week now, the city locals and vacationers alike have enjoyed the new touristic tram train which poses as a moving cafeteria with free WiFi ready to host celebrations.
As a preliminary trail, the new tram train runs between San Stefano station and Mostafa Kamel station, at a fare cost of LE 5 in addition to the cost of served beverages and light meals.
The project which cost LE 250,000 ($ 32,790) is intended to create more revenue for enhancing the tram train service across Alexandria. El-Messiry also stressed that the new service comes as an additional recreational means of transportation, and does not by any means replace the traditional tram train.
Nevertheless, several city locals have been reported criticizing the new recreational service, and complaining about the high cost of its fare -which many citizens wouldn’t be able to afford.
Furthermore, they have expressed their displeasure with the poor sights of the city through which the new tram train runs, referring to the garbage and litter.
Despite the complaints, the service was inaugurated on June 12 amid the festivities of a music band and a rush of excited commuters.