Lack of funding is the reason for limited progress in public transport — minister

The Director of Transportation Operations at the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) Khaled Abu Alim told Al-Mamlaka news on Sunday that since its launch, more than 25,000 people have used the system. (P
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AMMAN — Minister of Transport Wajih Azaizeh has said that “the World Bank’s diagnostic report for the public transport sector in Jordan was consistent with our view.”اضافة اعلان

He told Jordan News that public transportation in Jordan is suffering from increasing demand. “So we need organized and safe transportation that serves the Kingdom,” pointing to the fact that public transport vehicles and existing infrastructure do not serve people with disabilities, for example.

Azaizeh said that a number of projects will be launched with the aim of developing the transport sector, but admitted that lack of funding is the reason for the limited progress.

Azaizeh stressed the importance of promoting safe and well managed public transportation in order to support working women and increase their participation in the labor market.

He added that emissions and energy consumption are among the main challenges facing the transport sector, and “we need to reach a reduction in carbon emissions, as they reach 37.5 percent while the transport sector consumes 49 percent of fuel,” adding that Jordan seeks to expand the use of electric vehicles in public transport.

Economic expert, Youssef Damra, told Jordan News that individual ownership of transport licenses in the public transport sector and the absence of big companies leading it has led to the sector’s current state, stressing that “we still need a long time to address this matter, and it will not be easy to modernize public transport.”

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Transport, Ali Etheibat, told Jordan News that so far there is no raise in public transportation fares.

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