Bringing Bus Rapid Transport to Lebanon
September 26, 2012
Author: Krysten Hartman, Program Coordinator, Middle East Initiative
Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Middle East Initiative
Former HKS student Maurice Obeid, who graduated this past May with a Masterís in Public Policy, knew he was in for a challenge when he traveled to Lebanon last winter for his Policy Analysis Exercise.† Supported by a grant from the Middle East Initiative, Obeid and his research partner, Danielle Diab,†focused on generating solutions to alleviate heavy traffic between the cities of Jounieh and Dora, which acts as the northern entry point to Beirut.† As Obeid†discovered, a country that has one vehicle for every two people is bound to be plagued by traffic troubles.† While the task of improving traffic flows in Lebanon appeared to be daunting, Obeid concluded implementing Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) would significantly improve local transportation patterns, and thus reduce the tolling effect traffic has on the countryís economy.† His research has been published in Lebanonís premier newspaper, the Daily Star, and Obeid hopes to continue to publish in other national and international sources.† He is currently working as an analyst at McKinsey and Company in New York.† To read more about Obeidís research, follow the link below:
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