BRT project on track – GAMFiled under: News | Posted by: editor
The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) on Thursday said it will start implementing the third phase of the Amman Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in a few months.
The municipality selected the Hussein Attieyh Establishment, a first-grade local contractor, to carry out the construction work on this phase at a cost of more than JD13.5 million, according to the GAM press centre.
“This is the third contractor to implement part of the multimillion dinar project,” according to a source in GAM, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Under this phase, GAM will complete the rehabilitation of Queen Rania Street on a 1.5-kilometre stretch between the University of Jordan Mosque and the University of Jordan Hospital.
The municipality completed the implementation of the first phase, which covered a section between Sweileh and the University of Jordan Mosque and another from the University of Jordan Hospital to Mahmoud Al Kayyed Square on Queen Rania Street.
The second JD3.9 million phase will cover the BRT track from the Fifth Circle to Al Muhajireen District through Princess Basma Street.
The BRT system entails premium, high-capacity buses running on exclusive and completely segregated lanes, according to Ayman Smadi director of GAM’s public transportation department.
The bus lanes will be separated from traffic by medians on each side, according to the project master plan.
The system includes high-quality stations and stops; express buses that can carry more than 120 passengers and will run on a three-minute frequency during peak hours along Amman’s busiest corridors; terminals and park-n-ride facilities, and an integrated fare collection system allowing passengers to pay the fare at stations before embarking on the bus.
The BRT network will cover a total of 32km along three major corridors, according to the GAM press centre.
The French Development Agency has financed the project with JD166 million, which covers the total cost of the project, according to Smadi.