First of all let me thank my fellow Jordanian blogger Nasim Tamimi for his unbelievably informative comment on my post about busses in Amman. Read Nasimjo’s comment here.
The bus ride, the comments I got and my experiences with using the Berlin public transport system has inspired me to announce the following voluntary project, sponsored by SYNTAX:
Designing a world-class bus map for Amman This project aims at creating a world-class bus/transport map for the entire city of Amman. The map should show all bus lines, bus stops and stations. It should provide information about the frequency of the lines, bus fares and any other information important to the users of the transportation system. But the key point is a BILINGUAL MAP.
The ‘client’ for this project will not be any authority or company but the USERS.
It will be a voluntary projects for young designers/technologists. My company, SYNTAX will supervise and sponsor this project. We will also enlist expert opinions from Germany on this as we have contacts with people who worked on both the Berlin and Frankfurt public transport systems.
The final work will be made available in print and online as a Creative Commons (or similar license), acknowledging the names of participants.
The overall objective is to encourage the use and culture of public transportation and make the user experience more friendly and understandable. It is also a useful exercise for young designers in Jordan, as urban growth explodes in the coming years.
The team size will be kept as small as possible. Volunteers will be needed to gather information on the ground (routes, stops, line numbers etc), acquire existing information on schedules, documentation, diagrammatic designs, visual design and layout. Other volunteers can be involved in creating an electronic version for the web.
Interested? Comment here or email me at ahmad.humeid[at]gmail.com with a statement on your experience and why you are interested in this project.
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