The Al Mahattah site is located in the Al Hashemi suburb of Amman, and includes one of the capital's major urban transportation terminals.
The deadline for final project submissions is Thursday 8 June 5PM UTC
The Al Mahattah Hub was originally a simple, limited public transit station for public buses and service cars. It expanded when all transport lines (buses and cars) and shop owners working in the Raghadan terminal were transferred there as a temporary measure.
However, due to the time taken to reinvent the Raghadan terminal, Al-Mahatta transformed into a permanent hub for vendors and transport lines. Buses currently operate in a chaotic manner due to the commercial activity linked to the hub. transportation system. The terminal currently raises serious concerns for the mobility and accessibility of pedestrians.
The competition site primarily includes the Al- Mahattah Bus Terminal, a major urban transportation interchange in Amman with several lines of buses (including interurban, coasters, and feeder buses), taxis, a daily market, social services located around a mosque, and a buzzing urban centre. Passengers include commuters, shop owners, vendors, and public transport drivers.
The site also includes a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Line 1 connection terminal between Amman and Zarqa (25 km North-East of Amman). Proposals should aim to integrate the BRT connection terminal with the bus terminal to ease the movement and circulation of commuters. This will help create an integrated transport hub that will be a major connection point between BRT Amman and Amman Zarqa BRT and among other transport modes (such as taxis, feeder buses, and coaster buses).
Al-Mahatta area is surrounded by densely populated areas, especially those with limited and low incomes. Al-Mahatta area lacks public spaces and is currently not suitable for pedestrians to move around. The surrounding communities fall within national poverty lines, often facing high unemployment levels and limited job opportunities. The Refugee Al-Mahatta camp is also located near Al-Mahatta Terminal.
Approx. site area
83,000m2. The main focus of this site should be area (1 + 1b) taking into consideration the adjacent areas of ( 2+3+4) (Figure 1)
There are 350,000 passengers that visit the terminal daily, and this is expected to double with the launch of the Amman Zarqa BRT.
Priority areas & main expectations
- Develop Al-Mahatta Transport Hub into a multimodal transport hub, integrating the BRT, buses and all other transportation services.
- Transform the site into a safe place for all passengers, with clear walkable and easy connections.
- Consider integrating urban greening strategies and passenger-oriented services to ensure the terminal is a pleasant place to be in, encouraging a public mode-shift away from private cars and to public transport.
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