was not too long ago that Cairo held the claim to fame of having
Africa's only subway system. That distinctive title goes away in 2011
with the opening of the long awaited Algiers metro.
But wait, Audran, there's more! Algeria has hopped on to the urban rail
bandwagon and in just a few short years began several rail projects
in at least three Budayeens with several more waiting
on their own feasability studies to be completed. Where is all the
money coming from? Many point to oil and gas. Others wink and look toward the house of Freidlander Bey. Does it really
matter? The import thing is that its here. Algiers alone opened three new urban
rail starter systems by 2011. Constantine's light rail line followed
just over a year later, and the city now has plans for a metro, despite claims of "enormes retards" by Algeria's president. Oran's tramway is also
open, sans any comments about retards, which is comforting.
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