Tag: public transport

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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…

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…

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,…

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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…

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A Map by the People, for the People

The advocacy campaign Ma’an Nasel recently released Amman’s first ever comprehensive public transportation map. This is a significant development in terms of helping people navigate the city and showcasing what true urban activism can achieve. By Hazem Zureiqat On March…

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Joined-Up Thinking Needed

Jordan needs to adopt a more holistic approach to mobility if it wants to successfully tackle its transport challenges. By Hazem Zureiqat Up until it was granted the authority to plan and regulate public transport within its boundaries in 2007,…

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Public Transport in Amman: Bigger is Better

Amman’s population has reached 4 million, yet the city’s public transport network remains largely reliant on smaller vehicles. This is inefficient and requires an overhaul in the way people move about the capital. By Hazem Zureiqat Early in the second…

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Fixing the Fragmentation

A new law could hold the key to improving the often chaotic and self-interested way Jordan’s public transport vehicles are operated. By Hazem Zureiqat A paradigm shift is slowly taking place in Jordan in terms of public transport and urban…

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Solving our Parking Woes

Jordan’s chaotic free-for-all parking can’t continue. It’s time to clean up the mess, reclaim our streets, and regulate parking on and off the road. By Hazem Zureiqat Looking outside my office window every morning, I see the most bizarre uses…

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Why Subsidizing Public Transport Makes Sense

Public transport in Jordan faces a myriad of challenges, some of which are operational, while others are legal and legislative. A key challenge that’s often overlooked—or at least, until recently, not a part of the national discourse on transport—is the…