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INNOVIA Monorail



Quick facts
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Customer: Egyptian Government, Department for Transport - National Authority for Tunnels
Number of vehicles: 280 cars (70 four-car trains)
Entry into service: 2023

INNOVIA monorail  300 / CITYFLO 650 – Cairo, Egypt

The National Authority for Tunnels, part of the Ministry of Transportation in the Egyptian Government, has chosen the consortium of Bombardier Transportation, Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors to design and build two INNOVIA monorail 300 lines in Cairo. A 54 km line will connect East Cairo to the New Administrative Capital and a second 42 km line will connect the 6th October City to Giza. Both lines are expected to open in 2023. After the construction phase is completed, the consortium will provide 30 years of operation and maintenance (O&M) services for both lines.

Similar to many major cities, Cairo has set itself the target to improve public transportation for its citizens, as well as reducing traffic congestion and its impact on the environment. The INNOVIA monorail 300 system is a true game changer for mass urban transportation, as it allows fast construction of high capacity lines at lower costs. The monorail lines in Cairo will each be able to transport 45,000 passengers per hour in each direction when ultimate capacity is reached. Commuting times for citizens will reduce. The end-to-end journey time on the 54 km New Administrative Capital line will be around 60 minutes, and for the 42 km 6th October City line, it will be around 42 minutes.

For fully automated and driverless operation, the INNOVIA monorail 300 system is equipped with Bombardier’s proven CITYFLO 650 communications-based train control solution. Benefits of this flagship technology include high reliability, flexible operations, shorter headways between trains, improved safety and reduced maintenance costs.

With its innovative construction principles, Cairo will benefit from the INNOVIA monorail 300 system’s slender unobtrusive guideways that allow easy integration into existing urban infrastructure. Evacuation walkways for safe egress are designed into the system infrastructure to provide the fastest, safest and most unobtrusive means of evacuation for passengers. This transit system’s iconic design and mass transit capability will help to shape Cairo’s identity as a modern thriving city.

Bombardier’s scope in this project is to design, supply and install the electrical and mechanical (E&M) equipment for the two lines, including 70 four-car INNOVIA Monorail 300 trains (280 cars), CITYFLO 650 communications-based train control technology, the Operation Control Centre, communication systems, platform screen doors and fare collection, power supply/power distribution systems as well as switch beams and depot equipment. Bombardier will also provide the overall E&M system integration, project management, systems engineering and integration, test and commissioning for the trains and signaling. Orascom Construction and Arab Partners have formed a joint venture to design and build the infrastructure and civil works, including guideway structures, stations and depot buildings. On completion of the construction phase, the consortium will be responsible for the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of both lines for 30 years.