Category: Strategy

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Despite “Licensing,” Ride-Hailing Conundrum Continues

The government last month issued temporary approvals for the licensing of ride-hailing apps in Jordan. This is an important step forward, but much remains to be done before these services can operate legally in the Kingdom. Many have lauded the…

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A Report to Revamp Public Transport

An important new policy report explains how to solve eight key challenges facing the Kingdom’s public transportation system. “Public transportation does not seem to be a priority of the state.” This was one of the refreshingly frank conclusions of a…

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Decentralizing Transport

With local elections taking place this summer, it’s important to consider transport planning in the context of Jordan’s ambitious decentralization efforts. As Jordan’s decentralization program moves forward, the Kingdom is slated to hold municipal and governorate council elections on August…

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Lifting the Breaks on Big Data

There’s a wealth of data available that could help vastly improve traffic management in our cities. We just need to put it to use. Between 2008 and 2010, GAM carried out an extensive household survey covering a representative sample of…

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Walk This Way

Attempting to navigate Amman’s streets on foot can often be a hazardous business. But it doesn’t have to be this way. By Hazem Zureiqat Few can disagree that the situation for pedestrians in Amman is very far from ideal. Sidewalks…

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Driving Demographics

We need to start considering what role demographic trends have to play in Jordan’s growing congestion problem. By Hazem Zureiqat When we talk about traffic congestion in Jordan, we tend to view it as a snapshot in time and refer…

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Ayman Smadi’s Transport Legacy

Amman’s outgoing transport chief Ayman Smadi represents a shining example of how a dedicated civil servant can make a positive difference to our everyday lives. GAM should ensure that the work he started progresses as planned. By Hazem Zureiqat Last month,…

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Interim Interventions

Upgrading public transport in the capital is essential, but it will take time to fully materialize. Until it does, simple, temporary fixes can be employed to make better use of our road infrastructure and improve traffic conditions. By Hazem Zureiqat…

Jordan on Track to Meet Renewables Target

The expansion of Jordan’s renewable energy sector has seen a marked acceleration in recent years. Nearly 1,000 MW of solar and wind projects are currently being implemented across Jordan. These developments dovetail with a national strategy aimed at raising the…

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Making BRT Work

As GAM and the government move forward with their bus rapid transit (BRT) projects, it’s important to ensure the right measures are in place for the new systems to operate effectively. By Hazem Zureiqat With Princess Basma Street closed off…