The entry into operation of the rapid rail network (RFR) in Greater Tunis is scheduled for October 2018, Minister of Transport Anis Ghedira said.
Speaking at the signing of partnership agreements between the RFR Company and Tunisian universities, he added that the Ministry has so far solved 90% of the land problems that had delayed the construction of RFR.
The overall project cost is estimated at 7,000 million dinars, according to the CEO of RFR Tunis Moez Mokadem, noting that work will be done in two phases.
The RFR project has several advantages for Tunis residents, in terms of absorption capacity, frequency of travel and reducing emissions of gases responsible for pollution.
The load of a single train is equivalent to the load of 50 buses and 1,700 cars.
Six agreements were signed between the RFR Tunis Company and six universities and engineering schools (5 located in Tunis and 1 in Sousse ).
The agreements are intended to enable engineering students in these institutions to do internships and field visits, prepare graduation projects and support scientific activities.