The Greater Amman Musicality (GAM) Transport and Traffic Management Director, Dr. Ayman Smadi, stated that GAM finished a comprehensive study on the pedestrians’ requirements (from Sweileh to the Sport City Circle), saying that the study identified the needs of this section in the pedestrian bridges. He further pointed out that the study, initiated by GAM last week, focused on dealing with the current nature of the pedestrians’ bridges, the estimated implementation of the pedestrians’ bridges in a new architectural design, as well as dealing with traffic lights (that will be installed within the BRT project), which will provide safe passages along the station and bus stops areas. Moreover, Smadi stressed that GAM started setting up the outer stones (Kandarin), which separate the Bus rapid tracks from the vehicles’ ones, so that the current barriers shall be removed, and roads shall be re-routed to their previous position. It should be noted that GAM finished preparing the layer underneath the basis, in order to lay mattress of the project, (of which basalt mix will be used in the upper asphalt mix), to improve and upgrade the road’s levels. Dr. Smadi added that GAM prepared the tender documents of the project’s second package, which will include Princess Basma Street, in addition to the area extending from the University Mosque to the University Hospital, which will be at a lower level from the highway by 3 meters at least below the ground, with three lanes for the Bus Rapid, and stations connected with the pedestrians’ tunnel before The University of Jordan. GAM will carry on working, in a parallel way, and in all the sites of the project, to ensure a quick implementation according to the plan and execution program. It is worth mentioning that GAM, is estimated to complete the construction of the first package within the BRT project in late December this year, which is implemented into two phases in Queen Rania Street (with a length of 2200 meters); the first phase starts at the High Way Patrol traffic lights and ends at The University of Jordan’s Mosque, the second phase starts at Arena Hotel, and ends at the Press tunnel. The project is to be implemented on three axes: The First starts in Sweileh and ends up in Al-Mahattah, passing through the University of Jordan, the Sports City, and the Streets of Al-Shaheed and Al-Istiklal; The Second starts at Jordan Museum near GAM Headquarters in Ras Al-Ein and ends up in the Sports City, passing through Princess Basma street and Fifth Circle; whereas the third starts at Al-Mahattah and ends up at Al-Jumrok Circle, passing through Al-Yarmouk Street, and Al- Sharq Al-Awsat Square. Prime Minister, Samir Rifai, laid the foundation stone for BRT project last July, which will allocate special lanes for buses different from those for vehicles, or from other modes of transport in order to guarantee quick access and movement from one station to another. This will apply a rapid, safe, accurate, and high-reliability service. It should be noted that the project includes high-frequency buses with a high capacity, and special lanes, not to mention the fixed timing system and the high level of service, in addition to the stations, which help passengers shift easily among the different modes of transport. The rapid buses are also characterized with the capacity to transport more than 10 thousand passengers per hour, as well as the double deck buses that are able to encompass more than 120 passengers, and move in less than 3 minutes of frequency. It is expected that the processing and the preparation of the infrastructure of the project, which includes approximately 32 km along the region where the buses pass, will take almost a year and half to be finished. This project aims at developing the public transport system in Amman, as well as encouraging citizens to use different modes of transport, in light of the mounting increase of the number of private vehicles. Finally, the speed range of high-frequency buses is about 35-50 km per hour, moving on special tracks in a well studied frequency, with a high capacity consisting of two or three sections, transporting between 120-180 passengers, and having specific locations to stop at.
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