Trams in Greater Cairo

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Trams in Greater Cairo
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Cairo Tram
Locale Cairo, Egypt
Transit type Tram
Number of lines 3[1]
Began operation 1896[1]
Operator(s) Cairo Transportation Authority (CTA)
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge
System map

Cairo tramway map as of 1996.

Constructed near the beginning of the 20th century, until 2014, the Cairo tramway network was still used in modern-day Cairo, especially in modern areas, like Heliopolis, Nasr City. During the 1970s government policies favoured making space for cars, resulting in the removal of over half of the 120km network. Trams were removed entirely from central Cairo but continued to run in Heliopolis and Helwan.[2] However, in 2015, the tramway rails were removed and the streets and side walks became wider. The reason is that it has been rarely used by anyone during the past decade as it is a slow mean of transportation and it has a limited geographical coverage.[citation needed]

Map of the Cairo and Helwan tramway lines.