Prime Minister Omar Razzaz described having new 136 public transport busses in service by the end of the year as a qualitative leap, calling on stakeholders to connect the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Amman with Zarqa to have a more comprehensive transport system and to increase green areas in the capital.
The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project Director Riyad Kharabsheh said that the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) will complete the construction of the BRT project in late 2020,. He stressed that the BRT is the first public transport project that includes the development of the infrastructure and the transport operating system in the city of Amman.
When starting the implementation of the project, GAM took into account the busy traffic movements of the city, especially on Queen Rania Street starting from Sweileh roundabout.
He said the project will include a distinctive commuter station to the University of Jordan, then to the Sports City Intersection, up to the Tabarbour traffic light and then to Prince Hamzah and Istiklal Street, until reaching the terminal.
The project, which is implemented in cooperation with the ministries of public works and housing and transport, will be financed by the French Agency for Development in Amman and by the Ministry of Transport for the part between Amman and Zarqa, Kharabsheh said.
The BRT is part of the municipality’s solution to ease traffic congestion, according to GAM, which is also exploring the idea of an underground railway system for the future.
The BRT, whose construction started in 2010, but was halted and delayed several times due to technical issues, will have a capacity of 120 passengers per bus, serving almost 25km of Amman’s streets, according to GAM officials, who said the transport system should benefit Amman’s residents for at least the next 20 years.
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