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Energy-Efficient Urban Transport Plan, Jordan

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff was appointed by the World Bank to develop an energy-efficient urban transport plan for Zarqa city, the second most densely populated urban area in Jordan.

Bullet Client ESMAP World Bank

Our client’s challenge

Zarqa is close to the Jordanian capital Amman, and the conurbation is growing fast. The Amman-Zarqa corridor is the centre of industrial development and there is heavy commuting between the two cities, with more than 150,000 vehicles travelling the 30km highway every day.

The aim is to maintain carbon emissions at today’s levels, in a growing economy where vehicle ownership is increasing significantly as the city expands.

The project was funded by the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), which launched the Energy Efficient Cities Initiative in 2008 to focus on cities in developing countries.

Our approach

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff's two objectives were to improve traffic mobility and reduce energy emissions by developing a strategy for downtown Zarqa and setting out a realistic investment programme.

Many of the team’s solutions are related to improving public transport – there is very little trust in the public transport system, and it’s of very poor quality.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is also proposing the introduction of Intelligent Transport Systems to the city.

Overall, we identified eight initial ‘core’ projects, including building a traffic model and buying air quality measuring equipment and traffic counters, in order to prepare the Zarqa Municipality for the important next phase of 12 ‘strategy’ projects.

These include the major restructuring of the public transport network, new lower emission buses, a parking plan, junction improvements and much improved pedestrian facilities, at an investment cost of $5m per year over a ten-year period.



Mike Jordanou
Mike Jordanou Director