Cairo metro

Thales has signed two new contracts to upgrade the fare collection system for Lines 1 and 2 on Egypt’s Cairo Metro, as well as provide communications systems for the Al Thawra extension on Line 3 (Phase 3).

As part of the deal, Thales will deploy its TransCity fare collection solution, which uses its Web 2.0 technologies, on Cairo Metro’s Lines 1 and 2, effectively replacing the equipment installed in the 1980s.

Thales will deliver 850 access gates, 100 vending terminals for ticket outlets and 75 portable ticket control terminals, as well as implement new system architecture.

"This is the company’s second deployment of the TransCity system this year, following a contract awarded in South Africa in September."

The TransCity central system will also supervise all data generated across the existing network and accommodate future network evolutions and extensions.

This is the company’s second deployment of the TransCity system this year, following a contract awarded in South Africa in September.

Following the completion of the 18-month project, a combination of magnetic stripe and contactless fare media technology will make it easier for passengers to access the metro system.

The new fare collection equipment installed at stations on these lines will improve reliability while reducing maintenance costs.

In addition, a consortium comprising Thales and Alstom will implement fully integrated communication and supervision systems, relevant to 15 new stations and an additional depot, from Attaba to Rod El Farag and Cairo University, for a length of more than 17km.

The extension is one of the strategic investments by Egypt in Cairo to increase the level of public transport services.

Installed at the Line 3 operational control centre, the systems will ensure real time management and control of the whole telecommunications, ticketing and electromechanical systems.

In February, Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) has signed two contracts with Alstom-led consortiums to deliver signalling system and the infrastructure of the Phase IVA of Cairo Metro Line 3.

A consortium of Alstom and Thales was responsible for the supply of signalling system, while another consortium comprising Alstom, Colas Rail, Orascom and ARABCO will deliver infrastructure for Cairo metro.

Image: Thales modernises Cairo Metro. Photo: courtesy of Thales Group.