Politics and Society

Chinese Carmaker to Build Massive Monorail System in Alexandria

Chinese Carmaker to Build Massive Monorail System in Alexandria

Archival photo of the Dubai monorail. Photo Credit: dubaimetro.eu.

Privately-owned Chinese car making company BYD announced Tuesday plans to build a straddle-beam monorail, or ‘sky rail,’ transit system in Egypt’s second city Alexandria, China’s official press agency Xinhua reports.

The company said it inked an agreement on October 21 with Alexandria’s transportation authority to construct a 128-kilometer single rail track.

Compared to the current 32-kilometers-long tram system in the city, the monorail would be four times that length.

No details of the total value of the project have been revealed yet. However, the carmaker stressed that, compared to an underground subway system, a monorail requires just one-fifth of the building cost and one-third of the construction time.

If completed, the monorail in Alexandria will be the first straddle-beam monorail system to be constructed on the African continent.

“BYD’s SkyRail is a clean, affordable and safe way for people to commute. It also utilizes limited road space in towns and cities while minimizing disruption to local communities,” said AD Huang, general manager of BYD Middle East and Africa Auto Sales Division.

The Chinese carmaker started manufacturing and selling passenger vehicles, in Egypt, 13 years ago. According to Huang Zhixue, general manager of BYD’s Middle East and Africa Auto Sales Division, almost one-third of taxis in the capital Cairo are made by BYD.

Alexandria Passenger Transportation Authority chairman Khaled Eleiwa said the monorail is expected to begin operations in the coastal city as soon as possible.

As is the case with Cairo, Alexandria’s public transit system is plagued by problems, including under-developed services and difficulty coping with the large number of passengers using it.

In addition to the worn-down tram, initially constructed in 1863, the city also has a limited number of public buses. Like Cairo, privately-run minibusses dominate the transportation market.

In recent years, local authorities have been looking to develop new transit solutions. Just a few months following their negotiations with BYD, the city’s transportation authorities decided to go for the monorail solution.

Similar transit solutions have been under discussion in Cairo.

In 2015, Egypt’s Minister of Housing announced that the country’s first monorail would become operational in 2018. The minister said that the monorail would be built by the Egyptian-Canadian consortium and would connect areas of October 6 and Sheikh Zayed with Giza and Cairo.

Nour El-Sherbini Wins the Carol Weymuller Squash Open for the Third Consecutive Year
Egypt Security Forces Arrest 12 Suspected Militants in Fayoum: MOI

Subscribe to our newsletter


Politics and Society

More in Politics and Society

Egypt Issues Arrest Warrant for Italian Diplomat Accused of Smuggling Antiquities

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 17, 2019

Egypt Plans Nation-Wide Citizen Input Workshops to Discuss State Budget

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 15, 2019

Egypt Condemns Drone Attack on Two of Saudi Arabia’s Aramco Oil Facilities

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 15, 2019

Sisi Says Videos on Government Corruption Full of ‘Lies’ and ‘Slander’

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 14, 2019

Egypt Appoints New Prosecutor General Hamada El-Sawy

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 12, 2019

London School of Economics Denies Reports of Deal to Open Branch in Egypt’s New Capital

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 11, 2019

Arab League Condemns Netanyahu’s Plan to Annex the West Bank

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 11, 2019

Egypt Urges the U.S. to Remove Sudan from Terrorism list

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 10, 2019
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.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.