Algeria: Algiers metro to enter service in 2011
16 May 2011
The metro in Algiers could enter service by the end of this year, or at the latest by January, it was learned this week from a manager at RATP.
"The Algiers conurbation is a very large city, which is very busy and now needs public transport", it was explained last Wednesday by Pierre Mongin, president of RATP, on the France 24 TV channel. RATP has landed a contract to operate the network.
At an initial length of 9.5 km and serving no less than ten stations, by 2020 the metro in Algiers will extend over 40 km, between Dar El Beïda and Draria.
The metro has been under construction for thirty years. The total amount invested in this project may eventually reach 1.9 billion dollars, reports the newspaper La Tribune.
The publication also points out that last Thursday, the Algerian Transport Ministry rebutted a date for entry into service in December 2011, stating that "the due date of 31 October 2011 has been confirmed at the meetings of the coordination committee".