Jordan’s planned Amman light-rail transit (LRT) is likely to go ahead as a metro project.

Due to the difficult topography of Amman city, a metro project would be more sensible than a light railway transit network that was also considered.

A decision is expected to be made soon, says a source close to the project during MEED’s Mena Rail Projects 2011 conference.

In April 2010, France’s Egis Rail won the contract that covers the feasibility study and preliminary design for the estimated $1.2bn LRT.

The first phase will link downtown Raghadan to the University of Jordan street. Later phases will see the metro connected with the airport.