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Alexandria Hosts New ‘Touristic’ Cafe-Tram Train

Alexandria Hosts New ‘Touristic’ Cafe-Tram Train

Credit: Wrightbus/Wikipedia
Credit: Wrightbus/Wikipedia

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.

Source: Veto Gate
Source: Veto Gate

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.

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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.

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  • Carole Talaway

    The new trams are definitely an improvement over the old ones. The old fares were 1/4 LE and the new ones are 1/2 LE. Seniors pay less. There are a couple of old refurbished trams going to Bakos and Victoria that charges 3 LE. The city has been trying to do a better job of cleaning the tracks and stops but people just can’t stop throwing their trash on the tracks. Right now the exchange rate is about 7.62 LE/$ so foreign visitors will really have a deal but take a poor family of 4-6 on a budget and it can take a chunk out of the holiday funds. I love taking the tram though.

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