Public Works and Transport Minister Youssef Fenianos (R) and Ziad Naser Director-General of the Railways and Public Transport Authority. (The Daily Star/Federica Marsi)
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Public Works and Transportation Minister Youssef Fenianos presented details Friday of a new plan to solve Beirut's grueling traffic problem by establishing public transport.The main strength of the project, as described by Fenianos, is the potential "speed of its implementation" due to existing railway tracks currently in disuse, and an old tramline, which are geographically complementary to each other.Previously proposed public transport plans have been unsuccessful due to the lack of available land and the poor condition of the road network in Beirut. While the latest survey was conducted back in 2000, the Public Works and Transportation Ministry estimates that only 15 percent of roads on the Lebanese main network are in good condition. According to Fenianos, the proposed plan has the added value of relying exclusively on the old railway and tramway tracks, which would limit the amount of work needed to build functional roads and cut down implementation costs. Improving the road network and renovating public transport has the potential to open the door to new investment, an opportunity all parties are determined to seize.
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