Egypt transport authorities raise fares on Cairo metro

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Egyptian authorities on Monday hiked fares on Cairo metro lines, the third such price increase in as many years.

Initial rises in 2018 stoked anger against the government and prompted a series of protests at Cairo metro stations.

The government says higher fares are necessary to keep the loss-making metro running and to finance extensions being built to serve more of the capital city’s 25 million people.

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Commuters will be charged a base fare of 5 Egyptian pounds ($0.3146) for the first nine stops up from 3 pounds previously, 7 Egyptian pounds for up to 16 stops, and 10-12 pounds for more than 16 stops, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported, citing a ministry of transportation decision.

The Cairo metro is used every day by more than three million Egyptians.

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