Amman-Zarqa BRT reaches 98% completion

Amman Bus Rapid Transit BRT
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AMMAN – On Thursday, the Minister of Public Works and Housing, Maher Abu Saman, inspected the Amman-Zarqa Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which the ministry has completed work on its main routes, while the completion rate of the side jobs reached about 98 percent.اضافة اعلان

Abu Saman announced the ministry’s intention to hand off the project to the Ministry of Transport to begin operating the BRT experimentally within the next few months, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

During his third tour of the project in one month, supervising all stages of the project, Abu Saman emphasized the need to complete the side jobs in the project during the coming weeks.

Abu Saman directed the ministry’s concerns on the delay of some side jobs from the schedule and to provide the ministry with detailed daily reports on the progress of the work.

Abu Saman drew attention to the developmental and economic importance of the project, in addition to its positive impact on improving and refining the public transport system. He said that the government is relying on this project to improve transportation services and reduce traffic congestion.

The Amman-Zarqa BRT project is divided into 4 stages, with a total length of 20 km and a total cost of approximately JD 140 million, funded by the Social Security Investment Fund.

The project includes expanding and rebuilding the road that serves vehicles with a minimum of three lanes in both directions, and two lanes in the middle to serve the BRT buses. In addition, it includes building completely new bridges and tunnels, improving services at intersections, installing pedestrian bridges, as well as installing rainwater and sewage drainage facilities, lighting, traffic safety, necessary conversions, and removing various obstacles such as water lines, communications, and power cables. The project also includes building 5 bus stations, 3 of which have been completed. The ministry will supervise the construction of two additional stations after receiving the plans from the Ministry of Transport.

The Amman-Zarqa BRT project is a flexible public transportation system that provides fast and safe transportation services. It relies on large-capacity buses that run on dedicated lanes, and the project provides a high level of services, where buses operate at frequencies of a few minutes and reach speeds of up to 80 km/h.

Abu Saman also inspected the intersection of the Al-Maslokh Bridge project, which is being implemented by the ministry and is linked to the Amman-Zarqa BRT project routes. It is expected to contribute to serving traffic from and to Amman, Zarqa, Al-Hashemi, Marka, and Tabarbour.

The ministry began implementing this intersection project in June 2023, and it is expected to be completed by mid-year. It does not conflict with the operation of the BRT. The estimated cost of the bridge and intersection project is approximately JD 12 million.

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