Aqaba Traffic Mobility meeting Kicks- off in Amman

18 May 2008

A meeting to discuss Aqaba Traffic Mobility took place in Amman at iJordan Headquarters on Sunday, May 18, 2008. The meeting was attended by ACED Program Component 1 Public Sector Reform Advisor Martin Miller and the Component 3 Community Development team, in addition to H.E Eng. Omar Roussan ASEZA’s Infrastructure Commissioner, other representatives included staff from ASEZA’s Commission for Investment; from the Greater Amman Municipality Ayman Smadi, coordinator for public transportation; from the traffic engineering community Lina Shdeed, a member of the faculty at the University; from the Public Transport Regulatory Commission, Jamil Ali Mujahed; from the Hikmat Foundation and from the consulting firm of TBWA .

The meeting participants discussed ways to assist ASEZA in initiating a well-thought-out analysis of transportation planning, traffic administration, and pedestrian mobility, including developing ideas that will help ASEZA Commissioners develop measures to help solve emerging transportation problems; assuring adequate, safe road capacity for international trade and travel and adequate parking supply; and improving the management of existing on-street parking spaces. Further, the group seeks to improved the public transportation services to laborers & low income workers, and to address other issues that affect both pedestrian and passenger safety in private and public transportation.

ACED Program Component 3 (Enhanced Community Development) highlighted the importance of community participation in planning transportation and developing broader mobility strategies that will have major effects on the economic and social community within ASEZ. In addition, this component benefited from ideas and initiatives supplied by participating parties that may be considered in the Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET) initiatives in Aqaba.