Amman is seeking international railway developers to finance, build and operate a 26-kilometre light railway between Amman and Zarqa. International companies have been given until 17 October to submit expressions of interest to the Public Transport Regulatory Commission (LTRC) for the build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) contract (see Tenders).
The majority of the line, which will serve commuter and general passenger traffic, will be constructed on the route of the existing Hijaz railway between Al-Mahatta station in Amman and Zarqa New Garden City. A three-kilometre extension will take the line along King Abdullah Street to the Raghadan terminal in Amman. The LTRC estimates the system will carry about 45,000 passengers a day in its first year. A feasibility study was prepared by Austria Rail Engineeringin 1996. The study was updated in 1998 and again in 2003 by Japan's Padecoand the local Consolidated Consultants.
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