Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) is continuing works in its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, finishing preparations of the under-foundations layer as to begin furnishing.
GAM's Transport and Traffic Management Director, Dr Ayman Al-Smadi said that Basalt will be used in the upper asphalt mix as to improve and upgrade the routes. In addition, he noted that capstone will be used in the BRT lanes separators from other vehicles, which will develop in removing current ones and bring the road to its previous state.
He also said that the Municipality has prepared the second phase bid documents in order to be released next month. The second phase will include Princess Basma Street, the area from University of Jordan’s Mosque and the University’s Hospital which will be lower than the main street, by at least 3 m underground with 3 BRT lanes and stations connected to the University’s Street pedestrian tunnel.
GAM will keep on working in parallel mode in the different projects’ sections to insure works are being executed rapidly and within program.
The Municipality carries on works within the first phase of the project include 2200 m long in two sections in Queen Rania street; the first from nearby Sweileh to the University of Jordan Mosque, and the second in the area between Al-Arina Hotel and the Sahafa Tunnel.
The 32 km long BRT project is being implemented on three main routes in Amman; the first from Sweileh Circle to Al-Mahatta via the University of Jordan, Sports City, Al-Shahid and Al-Istiqlal streets; the second will link Ras El-Ein with Sports City via Princess Basma street and the Fifth Circle, while the third will operate between Al-Mahatta and Customs Square via Al-Yarmouk street and Middle East square.
PM Samir Rifai has put the corner stone of the BRT project last July, the project relies on special lanes not to be used by any other transportation means or vehicles to provide fast, safe, highly dependable public transportation services within a specified schedule, in addition to modern stations which facilitate the use of pubic transportation means at large.
BRT capacity is up to 10000 passengers per hour; the dual buses can carry more than 120 passengers running on less than 3 minutes frequency.
The project’s infrastructure is set to be finished in around 1-1.5 year, including 32 km on the routes BRT will be passing through.
The BRT project aims at developing public transportation matrix in Amman in order to encourage residents to use public transportation means rather than private cars, as the number of the latter is soaring; Smadi noted that around 75000-80000 additional cars are being licensed annually.
The speed of the rapid buses ranges between 35 to 50 km per hour; they will use specific lanes with well studied frequencies allowing a high capacity of 120- 180 passengers each and only stopping in specified places.
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