Monday, May 7, 2012

Beirut plans to buy 250 buses

Minister, lawmakers take the bus - "Rather than traveling in their luxury sedans with tinted-windows, several lawmakers chose Wednesday to tour the capital aboard a public bus, in a rare move to express support for public transportation in the country.

Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi, who joined the MPs on their tour, took the opportunity to announce that his ministry would soon launch tenders to buy 250 buses as part of a comprehensive plan aimed at organizing the country's public transport sector.

The initiative comes amid high gasoline prices and worsening traffic congestion, particularly in the capital."