The fare integration and the single ticketing system as a fundamental pillar for the development of an integrated public transport system 

Large Mediterranean cities need to regulate, develop, integrate and modernize their networks to improve their transportation systems. In this context, the fare integration is a key challenge for authorities as it would facilitate the use of the transport network, make it socially more accessible and increase its attractiveness.

Currently, most public transport networks in the Mediterranean cities do not offer fare integration nor a single ticketing system yet; this leads to several problems. On the one hand, a trip that includes several modes of transport has higher cost that corresponds to the sum of several tickets (one for each trip’s segment). On the other hand, each mode implements its own technology and the user accumulates two or more cards to use the transport network in one town.  Read more       

A new fare policy for Tunis

The actual public transport system in Greater Tunis is characterized on the one hand by its complexity, coexistence of several modes and operators serving the metropolitan and regional territory and, on the other hand, by the lack of a global public transport policy and a system for fare integration of networks. The rapid rail network of Tunis (RFR), under construction, is an essential element of the strategy to improve urban mobility and sustainable development of Greater Tunis. To maximize the efficiency of this network and halt the deterioration of the modal share of public transport, a new integrated ticketing system is being set up on the TRANSTU network and soon on the RFR network as well. Read more 

 [REPORT] Webinar: public transport fare policies: a challenge for mediterranean cities       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Organized jointly by CODATU and CMI, the webinar took place on Wednesday 11 January 2017 within the framework of the activities of the Community of Practice for Sustainable Urban Transport in the Mediterranean Region. The webinar presented on one hand the Tunisian experience of a transport manager, Mr. Wahid Ben Slimane (TRANSTU), and on the other hand, the vision of an expert on the French experience in fare policies, Mr. Pierre-François Nouaille (CEREMA).

During the first session, Mr Nouaille analyzed the French experience in fare policy through the presentation of a few concrete cases and Mr Ben Slimane held a presentation on the operation of the public transport sector in Tunis. Read more


Greater Cairo Transport Authority CEO: Eng. Sayed Metwalli on Greater Cairo Fare Policy

Eng. Sayed Metwalli has been working in the General Authority For Roads, Bridges and Land Transport for 27 years. Today he is Ceo in GCTRA, the Greater Cairo Transport Regulatory Authority, an entity that was set up by the presidential decree No. 349 of 2012 to compensate the need for an authority to regulate urban transport in the Greater Cairo Region (Cairo, Giza and Qalyubeya).  Before the creation of GCTRA, the minister of transportation and the CEOs of the several authorities fixed fares on their own. GCTRA should become responsible of the fare policies of all modes of transport as soon as its departments will be effective. Read more


Cycling: a comparison between France and Egypt


During the last 9 years, Egypt has increased its number of people using bicycles as a mean of transport for daily trips; even though they are still less than 5 % of the population whereas 95 % depend on private cars and public transport. In other countries, as in Netherlands, more than 30 % of people use bicycles for daily trips, so why do this not happen in Egypt?

This article wants to be a comparison between the contemporary cycling scene in Egypt and France and aims to analyze why the progress is slower in Egypt. Read more                                                    

Call for Expressions of Interest: CODATU seeks experts!


Within several cooperation projects (India, Peru, Tunisia, Egypt, Brazil, etc.) and the implementation of the MobiliseYourCity initiative, CODATU will take part in partner’s call for tenders and would like to identify the experts’ careers to whom address missions’ proposals. CODATU is an association that deals with companies, local authorities and research institutes and has notices that many professionals would be delighted to share their experiences and expertise but lack of suitable framework: through this call of expression of interest, CODATU aims to offer a suitable framework! Read more

Call for paper for the special issue: « Concepts and methods on informality in urban transport across world regions »


The journal of Transport Geography is calling for papers for the upcoming special issue on informality in urban transport. The deadline for submission of draft papers to the guest editors is the end of June 2017. Read more

Egypt doubles ticket price on Cairo metro

Egypt doubled the price of tickets for millions of commuters on Cairo’s loss-making metro on Thursday, angering residents already hit by a sharp rise in living costs. Transport Minister Hisham Arafat said the increase to 2 Egyptian pounds (11 U.S. cents), effective from Friday, followed losses of 500 million pounds which put the network at risk. Read more


First Bike Sharing Station Launched in Beirut

Beirut has just launched its first bike sharing system thanks to Jawad Sbeity efforts in collaboration with Beirut’s governor Ziad Chebib and Beirut’s municipality. The first sample station was set up near Le Gray and facing Samir Kassir’s garden. According to Sbeity, this will be followed by 25 other stations that will cover all of Beirut by the year 2020. All in all, 500 bikes will be available for use. Read more





What is the cost of a bus ticket to Morocco in 2017?

On average, the cost of a bus or metro ticket in Morocco is 0.47 €. This price can go down to 0.33 € and climb up to 0.56 € depending on the period and the city. This fare for a public transport ticket (bus, metro ...) is lower than the rate charged in France (around 70%). Read more







[EVENT - CALL FOR PAPERS] 30th - 31st October 2017, The 2nd International Conference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD), Salento University, Italy

UPADSD 2017 aims to bring together scientists, urban planners, architects and other stakeholders from across the globe to discuss the latest scientific advances in the field. A call for papers is now open to be published on Routledge of Taylor & Francis.



[REPORT] Urban Mobility Forum In Egypt : « Out-Of-Fare-Box » Financing For The Operation Of Metros And Urban Rail

The Urban Mobility Forum (UMF) in Egypt was organised in the framework of the “Sustainable Urban Transport” programme of the Center for Mediterranean Integration of Marseille (CMI) coordinated by AFD (French Development Agency), CODATU and CEREMA held in partnership with the Euromed RRU project, and the Egyptian Ministry of Transport.

Given the Egyptian context and the urgency of addressing the issue of financing urban transport, this event has addressed the “out-of-fare-box” financing for the operation of metros and urban rail.

The UMF gathered numerous stakeholders involved in the organisation and operation of metro and urban rail in Cairo and professionals from other Egyptian cities in order to discuss “out-of-fare-box” financial mechanisms and come-up with a few applicable and appropriate measures and actions to increase metro and urban rail revenues. Read more     

[World Bank] Urban Transport Pricing And Finance


Prices allocate resources and raise revenue. Urban transport pricing is complicated by the multiplicity of objectives pursued and by the institutional separation of road infrastructure from operations, of infrastructure pricing from charging, and of roads from other modes of transport. In the interests of both urban transport integration and sustainability, developing countries should move toward prices reflecting full social costs for all modes; to a targeted approach to subsidization reflecting strategic objectives; and to an integration of urban transport funding. Read more








This newsletter is co-produced by the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), the French Development Agency (AFD) and Cooperation for Urban Mobility in the Developing World (CODATU), in the context of the joint program for Sustainable Urban Transport. It is based on a desk review and presents a selection of updates, publications and events pertaining to Sustainable Urban Transport in the Middle East and North Africa.
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