Today in Transportation Update – 1987: A New Transit System Opens in Egypt

In Egypt, the first section of the Cairo Metro rapid transit system was opened. This section was an 18-mile segment of Line 1 between the city of Helwan in the Greater Cairo metropolitan area and Ramses Square in Egypt’s capital. The first substantive proposal for such a transit service had been made during the 1930s by engineer Saiyed Abdel Wahed of the Egyptian Railway Authority. The Cairo Metro was the first of only two full-fledged rapid transit systems in all of Africa.

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