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The Algiers Metro has opened to the public, 28 years after construction began on the underground subway line.
Algeria's first subway system has opened in the capital, Algiers, after a lengthy construction period interrupted by various crises.
Trial runs on the first phase of Line 1 began in September, and at the end of October the underground subway system opened to the public. The Associated Press reports that 11 trains are scheduled to start operating on November 1.
The AP says that security on the subway system is tight, with 400 specially trained police on duty, along with 224 surveillance cameras and explosives detectors.
The 6-mile-long track has 10 stops, connecting Algiers' Central Post Office to the suburb of Kouba, the BBC says. It cost $1.2 billion to build, and is intended to reduce traffic congestion in Algiers.
But according to the BBC, many Algerians have complained that the ticket price is too high, with a single journey costing 50 dinars, or $0.67.
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