The Greater Amman Municipality Prepares a Master Plan for the Capital's Public Transport and Traffic

Published October 12th, 2009 - 03:07 GMT

The Greater Amman Municipality is currently preparing a master plan for the public transport and traffic in the Capital. Preparations for the master plan were initiated in the summer of 2008 and are expected to last until next summer, in a thorough study funded by the French Agency of Development at JD1.6 million.

The study is based on three main pillars: The first defines the level of use of the current public transport, quality of services, and future needs; the second pillar provides the proper solutions to meet the current and future needs and challenges of public transport, while the third pillar sets an action plan to apply the optimal solutions and basics for the public transport sector in Amman, and ways to manage the bus stops, and their timetable.

It is worth mentioning that the Municipality has conducted a comprehensive survey in Amman, which involved about 10000 families to find out their daily movements and modes of transport, including walking, private vehicles, public transport, as well as times of movement.

The Municipality has also conducted surveys on public traffic regarding the main junctions and streets in the Capital, plus its entrances and exits including the highways to Zarqa, Irbid, Salt, Madaba, the Dead Sea, the international airport, and the north. Accurate information and data were collected regarding traffic and its time flow during the day and peak hours.

The survey helped measure the rate of commuters using the public transport on the main streets and junctions.

In the same context, GAM also identified and assessed the status of bus stops, their organization and geographical distribution, especially in the areas that witness the parking of public transport vehicles in jammed streets.

The Municipality has recently started developing a comprehensive analytical plan for the proper traffic movement in Amman, which is being used by GAM and its advisors to help scrutinize the traffic problems and eventually find solutions for them.

The main transport network was also outlined, comprising metro-rail and metro-bus transit services, as well as the bus rapid transit (BRT) system that will be launched on exclusive corridors located along the main streets. Length of the rail network would be 40 kilometers, while length of BRT network is estimated at 50 kilometers, covering the first and second phases of the system.

Work is underway to prepare the final engineering designs for the first phase of BRT system, which is scheduled to be launched on three traffic lanes including Sweileh – Al-Mahatta bus lane that serves the University of Jordan.

Construction works for the BRT system shall commence at the end of this year, at the same time as the Municipality will call for a tender to conduct the 12-month feasibility study and initial designs for the project, which will be funded by the World Bank at JD1.5 million.

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