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Canada’s CPCS Transcom has won the $100 million build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) contract for a 26-kilometre light railway between Amman and the industrial city of Zarqa. Seven international companies were shortlisted for the contract. The twin-track electric railway will be built on the route of the existing Hijaz railway between Al-Mahatta station in Amman and Zarqa New Garden City. The client – the Public Transport Regulatory Commission – estimates that the new system will carry about 45,000 passengers a day in its first year (MEED 26:11:04). CPCS has also won a $4 million contract to develop the section of the Hijaz railway owned by the Aqaba Railroad Corporation running from Maan to Aqaba. This section is used to transport phosphate from mines located in Maan. The commission plans to modernise the old narrow-gauge section of the railway and replace it with new track.