Amman Bus Rapid Transit

Amman Bus Rapid Transit is a $160 million under-construction bus rapid transit transportation system in Amman, Jordan.[1] The BRT project, which is managed by the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), was announced in 2009 and started in 2010. In September of 2011 when the government of the Prime Minister Dr. Marouf al-Bakhit halted the project after inheriting it from previous governments,[2] amid accusations of corruption which were investigated by the Jordanian Cabinet[3] and issues with financial capacities.[4] In 2015, a Lower House's committee of the Jordanian Parliament approved the revival of the project after clearing it of corruption accusations.[5] The project was controversial among the Jordanian public,[6] as Aaron Weintraub, of Jordan News noted that the Amman BRT project had become "synonymous with construction delays, accusations of corruption, and lack of accountability in leadership."[7]

Amman BRT in Amman (2021).

The BRT system runs on 3 routes from Sweileh in West Amman to The Jordan Museum in Ras Al-Ain passing by sports city intersection where the route extends to Al-Mahatta in East Amman.[8] Once its operation is complete, the Amman BRT is expected to be used by approximately 200,000 passengers per day.;[9]

FundingEdit

The BRT project was originally funded through a soft loan provided by the Agence Française de Développement for $166 million directly to the Greater Amman Municipality, with $127 million being earmarked for infrastructural changes, $7 million being earmarked for an electronic operating system, and approximately $14 million for administration. The loan was given with an upper ceiling of 6.5 percent and did not include the estimated cost of the busses ($40 million), which was to be raised by the operator of the busses after a separate bidding process.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Work on Amman's second BRT package to start next week". The Jordan Times. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  2. ^ Al Rawashdeh, Emad (October 12, 2012). "The A to Z Tragedy of the Rapid Bus Project". Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism. Amon News. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  3. ^ Tarabah, Sawsan (August 13, 2018). "Ammanis only use public transport for 5 per cent of their daily trips — GAM". Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Case Study Bus Rapid Transit to Tackle Air Pollution, CO2 Emissions, and Improve Mass Public Transportation". C40. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  5. ^ Tarabah, Sawsan (August 13, 2018). "Ammanis only use public transport for 5 per cent of their daily trips — GAM". Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  6. ^ Dupiree, Carmille (January 28, 2018). "GAM 'understands' scepticism over BRT, promises delivery, full access for all". Jordan Times. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  7. ^ Weintraub, Arron (January 7, 2021). "Experts say behind Amman's transportation issues lies 'lack of will' from policymakers". Jordan News. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Buses to cut travel times in and around Amman". oxfordbusinessgroup.com. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  9. ^ Abu Rughob, Latih (October 4, 2015). "The Transporter". Venture Magazine. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  10. ^ Al Rawashdeh, Emad (October 12, 2012). "The A to Z Tragedy of the Rapid Bus Project". Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism. Amon News. Retrieved 4 August 2021.

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