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With few other options, most Lebanese people choose to use private vehicles over taxis, a 2017 report by the World Bank showed.Urban transportation in Greater Beirut has become such a problem, the report found, that up to 70 percent of time spent traveling in the area is lost in delays resulting from traffic congestion.Yalla Bus, a new technology startup co-founded by Therese Kayrouz and Ghassan Zoughaib, is trying to make sense of the chaos. Kayrouz, a fresh-faced American University of Beirut student, explained to The Daily Star how the app works.As well as being a major bonus for commuters, Zoughaib, a third-year electrical and computing engineering student, said that the app also has broader environmental benefits.Kayrouz and Zoughaib began developing the app after winning the "Reimagine Lebanon" competition in March 2017 . Kayrouz and Zoughaib were inspired to work on Yalla Bus after experiencing frustrations with traffic and high parking prices.Looking to the future, the founders envisage a central role for Yalla Bus in the Lebanese system.
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