The Minister of Public Works and Transportation, Youssef Fenianos, and Jbeil MP Ziad Hawat have launched a new public transportation's initiative. This initiative will facilitate the movement comfortably and safely from Jbeil to Beirut, and change the Lebanese citizen's view of public transportation.
In a ceremony held at the "Orizon" resort in Jbeil, Mr. Fenianos launched the Public Transportation Project - WeGo Together - to link Jbeil and its towns with the Capital Beirut.
The ceremony was attended by former President of the Republic Michel Suleiman, MP Shawki Daccache, representative of the Lebanese Forces Party Samir Geagea, and a number of deputies, and political and media figures.
Implemented in coordination with the private sector, the WeGo Together project costs around $6 million-$8 million, as per Minister Fenianos. It has 90 stops and 40 buses equipped with screens, cameras, and Wi-Fi.
The Bus fare will range from LL2,000 to LL5,000 ($1.30-$3.30), depending on destination.
This project will operate seven routes within the Jbeil caza in addition to the one linking Jbeil to Beirut. Bus schedules and route information will be easily accessible to citizens with a smartphone application.
The WeGo Together project is scheduled to start operating by the end of 2019, creating around 120 jobs.
Minister Youssef Fenianos promised that replicate projects will be launched in Kesrouan and Metn at a cost of about $20 million.
He also expressed his hope and will of transferring the public transportation sector in Lebanon from a neglected one to a very important one.
Stating that this will only happen through the serious will of the officials in the first place, he revealed that the transport sector is causing the state to lose two billion dollars annually.
We look forward to the successful completion of this project, and to further implementation of new projects that strengthen the public transportation sector in Lebanon.