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Amman suitable for metro project — field study

By Ana V. Ibáñez Prieto - Sep 09,2017 - Last updated at Sep 11,2017

A study conducted by the Chinese Railway Engineering Corporation for the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) has confirmed that the topography of the city allows the implementation of the Amman Metro, according to a GAM official (Petra photo)

AMMAN — A study conducted by the Chinese Railway Engineering Corporation (CREM) for the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) has confirmed that the topography of the city allows the implementation of the Amman Metro, a GAM official told The Jordan Times on Saturday.

Following a memorandum of understanding signed in December 2016 between the two parties, CREM started a field study in the capital with the aim of analysing the potential path the metro would take if established in Amman. 

The study concluded that the launch of such a project would be possible on the ground. 

The GAM official called these results “very positive” and “encouraging”, noting that CREM is currently preparing a more detailed study on the implementation of the metro in the city — which is expected to connect the north and south of the city through a single line. 

Furthermore, the official said that, if the project was found feasible, it would be implemented in parallel with the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), with a common station connecting both systems. 

 “Amman needs the metro as part of the integrated transportation system, which aims to build a comprehensive transportation network where the two systems would work together,” the official stated.

Once completed, the detailed study will be submitted to the GAM later this year, along with the estimated cost and the detailed plans for the project. 

If feasible, the construction and the operation of the Amman Metro will “probably” be conducted under a DBOT (design, build, operate and transfer) model, the official said, adding that other options are yet to be considered. 

The establishment of the Amman metro would reduce the “frustration” of commuters facing daily transportation hustle, the official added, stressing that many complaints were expressed over the lack of regulations in the bus service earlier this year.

 However, the project still raises discrepancies among the population.

“We definitely need a new transportation infrastructure”, said student Ghazal Aburaad. “However, finding the necessary funds and organisations will present great challenges,” she continued, noting that “the government will not be able to do this without partnerships”.

This view was shared by Hazem Zureiqat, founder of the public transportation advocacy campaign Maan Nasel, who stated that “the main challenge is going to be with institutions and management”.

“If the government wants to implement this plan, it will probably have to subsidise it,” said Zureiqat, adding that the metro is a very costly system. 

Furthermore, Zureiqat pointed out that this is not the first study on the implementation of a metro line in Amman, referring to the feasibility study conducted in 2010 by a French company. 

“When the results of that study came out, the cost of line per kilometre was up to JD140 million, and that is why the priority was given to the BRT,” he said.

“However, the BRT is not enough and Amman needs a rail-based transportation system”, he concluded.

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Wishful thinking at its best!

This is not going to happen ever. Sorry for the negativity.

When they finish the Bus rapid transit and reform the country's entire transportation system maybe then ... maybe then they can dare dream up making a metro system.

When you have numerous unfulfilled projects that are integral to the country's infrastructure you should not waste resources on a field study of a dream project that will never happen.

Just the thoughts of a fed up Jordanian.

Carry on ...

Why do we need Chinese engineers to draw one train line and decide whether or not a train is capable of making certain inclines? Do we not have engineers in Jordan who can do this seemingly simple assessment?

The elephant in the room is that Amman does not have an effective sewage system, and drinkable water is not, universally, available on tap - Jordan is just putting another layer on a problem it has yet to address. Start the long-haul of creating a new city on the outskirts that has the basic infrastructure to support a viable Metro system going forward?!

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