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Users flock to BRT, but some still have concerns

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
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. (Photo: Jordan News)
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AMMAN — The Bus Rapid Transit project has had thousands of users since it was launched last week, according to local media outlets. However, this has not stopped some from criticizing the recently launched and unfinished project. اضافة اعلان

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.

And while some citizens who spoke with Jordan News said they worried the bus was aiding in increasing traffic jams and the price of the fare was too expensive, others stressed the need to wait for the project to fully come to fruition before judging it.

Khaled Sulaiman, a citizen, told Jordan News, that "if I want to use the bus to go to my work then I have to pay more than JD30 per month, and I think this is not fair."

 Sulaiman added that "we do not have enough stations for the bus, which is why I need to take a taxi to reach the nearest station to my house to then take the bus, nothing is different — this will cost me more money and also will take me more time."

Another citizen, Lana Otaibi, told Jordan News that she felt let down after waiting so long for the project and that she expected something else. "It is just a bus, we were expecting that after all these detours they would come with a train for instance, it would have at least made some nice changes in our country especially in front of tourists who come to visit us," she said

However, Toujain ayyash stressed the need to “wait and see because I believe that this great project shall make a difference and reduce traffic jams."

Ayyash added that "this bus has its own roads which are specifically made and designed for it, but some cars try to use them and people decide to leave all the available routs and roads and drive between the bus. This is unacceptable."

A source at GAM told Jordan News that the project is not fully finished and “people have to wait as they will be shocked how efficient and effective it is. We have been experimenting with it for a long time and we believe that it shall reduce the traffic jams."

The source added that "people who decide to drive in between the bus's routes will be forced to pay a fine. This is not a joke and it is a huge project that will protect and work hand in hand to make the best out of it."

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