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February 2, 2004
Cummins Westport sells more low-emission engines for use in Cairo transit system
VANCOUVER, BC-Cummins Westport has sold 50 of its C Gas Plus engines to Egypt for use in Cairo's transit system. This sale, following on a previous order, brings the total to 100 C series engines which will be installed in transit buses manufactured by Thomas Bus for delivery this quarter. The buses will be operated by the Greater Cairo Bus Company and the Cairo Transit Authority. This engine order is part of the Cairo Air Improvement Project (CAIP), an initiative funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which provides economic and social assistance to foreign countries worldwide. CAIP monitors air quality and funds air quality improvement projects in Cairo. One of its key initiatives is to encourage the two large transit agencies in Cairo to switch from older diesel-fueled buses to new low-emissions buses. Together the two transit fleets operate more than 3,500 diesel buses. Egypt ranks as one of the top ten countries in the world whose air quality is below World Health Organization guidelines and the capital city of Cairo, home to nearly 15 million people, has the worst air pollution in Egypt.