CDR’s BRT Impact Report—One Step Closer to Inclusive Urbanism?

The CDR’s BRT impact report is finally out! Prepared by ELARD with input from EGIS, the document is quite a beast, clocking in at almost 400 pages. But it’s very readable, and it includes plenty of background for people who need to catch up on the basics of this proposed project. Many of you will … Continue reading CDR’s BRT Impact Report—One Step Closer to Inclusive Urbanism?

BRT in Focus: The Riders’ Perspective (Keserouen)

On the 28th of March, ELARD hosted its second focus group for the general public, this time at Haret Sakher, at the Saydet Al Maounet Church. The majority of attendants were youth from a scouting group, with a few women also connected to the organization also in attendance. Overall, around 20 people took part in … Continue reading BRT in Focus: The Riders’ Perspective (Keserouen)

BRT in Focus: The Riders’ Perspective (Matn)

On February 27th, ELARD held a focus group with the general public in the Matn district, at the Saydeh Church hall in Sin el-Fil, as part of their ongoing Environmental and Social Impact Assessment study for the proposed BRT project that we blogged about previously. A good spectrum of views were voiced, and we were … Continue reading BRT in Focus: The Riders’ Perspective (Matn)

BRT & Integration

This is a follow-up to the previous post, titled ‘BRT & Inclusion’. As you can see from these slides, the BRT project consists of: Three BRT routes, including two loops within Beirut and its outskirts, and one northbound axis terminating in Tabarja (N.B. the bus service is supposed to keep going until Tripoli, but this … Continue reading BRT & Integration

BRT & Inclusion

If you’ve been following our story so far, you may remember an interview with us in The Daily Star that came out in July. In that article, our modest little project was paired with an interview with a prominent Member of Parliament, who seemed somewhat dismissive of our grassroots approach to public transport advocacy. He … Continue reading BRT & Inclusion

From City to Studio and Back: Design as Civic Action

To what extent is it appropriate to formally map an informal system? Can collective mapping help spark new ways of thinking about public transit in Lebanon? These are some of the questions raised by Bus Map Project’s participation in Beirut Design Week this year, when we launched our second prototype bus map of Greater Beirut … Continue reading From City to Studio and Back: Design as Civic Action

ل بيعرف بيعرف ول ما بعرف بيقول كف عدس

 بإختصار يمكن توصيف واقع السائقين و العاملين على خطوط النقل الخاصة في النقل المشترك من بعيد و كمواطنين او مستخدمين او ناس لم تطئ ارجلهم ارض الباصات نرى الاشياء من منظار مختلف لواقع العاملين في القطاع البعض منا يراهم من المافيا ولا يجب التعامل معهم البعض الاخر لا يريد ان يعترف انهم موجودين فيتجاهلهم البعض … Continue reading ل بيعرف بيعرف ول ما بعرف بيقول كف عدس

Has the Existing Transit System in Lebanon Finally Been Recognized? / هل بدأنا اخيرا بالاعتراف بوجود نظام نقل شعبي و غير رسمي بعد ان كانت حتى النقاشات لا تذكره ولا تعبره؟

On October 25th and 26th, we had the pleasure and honor of being invited by Dr Tammam Nakkash to a symposium organized at the Order of Engineers and Architects called “Towards Organized Public Transport in Lebanon.” في ٢٥ ت١ ٢٦ ت١ ٢٠١٧ ، لقد كان  لنا الشرف بتلبية دعوة من قبل الدكتور تمام نقاش للمشاركة … Continue reading Has the Existing Transit System in Lebanon Finally Been Recognized? / هل بدأنا اخيرا بالاعتراف بوجود نظام نقل شعبي و غير رسمي بعد ان كانت حتى النقاشات لا تذكره ولا تعبره؟

Taking the Bus to Movenpick: First Meeting of the INDC Working Group in Lebanon

Today’s First Meeting of the INDC Working Group that is following up on Lebanon’s COP21 climate action targets was very informative. It was good to hear updates from Dr Ziad Nakat on the World Bank-led Greater Beirut Urban Transport Project that we keep reading about in the news. From today’s presentation, the project seems to … Continue reading Taking the Bus to Movenpick: First Meeting of the INDC Working Group in Lebanon