Traffic congestion in Cairo is an issue that every citizen suffers from on a daily basis. The consequences of Cairo's traffic congestion are numerous and are manifested in various forms such as traffic delays, increased pollution, loss of investment, and lack of road safety to name a few.  The two main factors that have led to Cairo's current situation are an increase in car ownership and a lack of equal investment in public transportation systems. UN-Habitat has been working to promote public transportation in an effort to address the problem of congestion. Over the last three years, UN-Habitat has introduced the concept of Bus Rapid Transit to various government stakeholders. The BRT is a high-quality bus-based transit system that delivers fast, comfortable, and cost-effective urban mobility. BRT has the potential to improve accessibility in Greater Cairo by extending the reach of the metro, bus, and paratransit systems.

15 minutes per trip, which is equivalent to
260 Million
EGP per year
40,000 tons
CO2-equivalent per year

Related Sustainable Development Goals

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Donors and partners

The success of the BRT is highly dependent on successful partnerships and coordination with all local and governmental entities. The Western BRT corridor will run through Giza, thus, there are several other governmental entities that are crucial for the success of the project. The government and all of its relevant entities are crucial for this project including the New Urban Communities Authority under Ministry of Housing and the Ministry of Local Development. The Greater Cairo Region is composed of three governorates (Cairo, Giza, and Qaliyoubia), which will also serve as key partners as well.

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Salma Mousallem
Egypt Office