First phase of new metro line to open in January

The first stage of Cairo's third metro line will be finished in January, the Egyptian government said on Monday.

This part of the new line will link the districts of Attaba and Abbasseya, and tests on it will begin in October, Transportation Minister Ali Zine al-Abidine said.

The prime minister's cabinet agreed to extend work on the third line for three months, Abidine said, because of the security void, curfews and other issues related to January's uprising.

The Transportation Ministry expects that the third line, scheduled to be completed by 2013, will transport nearly 1.5 million commuters per day, which would help mitigate traffic jams in Cairo.

Cairo's metro first opened in 1987. A fourth line is expected to be completed by 2019.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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