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Public Transport Policymaking: Stuck in Gear

recently, Jamil Mujahed was sworn in as Minister of Transport in a reshuffle of Prime Minister Hani Mulki’s cabinet. Mujahed is the fourth person to hold this office in the past 12 months, and the ninth in the last five…

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Khutoutna App: An Alternative Way to Navigate Amman

Ma’an Nasel, the public transport campaign group that I helped found, recently launched its own app. It has a feature that allows users to enter starting and ending points in Amman to obtain public transport routes they can take to…

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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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EBRD Could Boost Investment to 150 Million Euros This Year

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said it could invest as much as 150 million euros in Jordan in 2017, up from 120 million euros the previous year. “Last year’s target started off with 120 million euros that…

Mudassir Sheikha, the Cofounder of Careem

Careem and the Irresistible Rise of Ride-Hailing

Despite coming up against regulatory hurdles and protests from taxi drivers, the cofounder of Careem says his ride-hailing platform is in Jordan to stay. By Laith Abou-Ragheb Mudassir Sheikha, the cofounder of Careem, the Dubai-based ride-hailing platform, made a flying…

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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…

Ayman Smadi

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,…