One of the things that I hate the most about Beirut these days is the traffic. I know it’s trite to complain about traffic, but it’s become so bad here that it comes close to ruining the city for me. I try not to leave the house during rush hour if I can help it, which is difficult because rush hour has, for all intents and purposes, become between 7:30 and 12:00 in the morning and from 2:00 to 7:00 in the evening. The only time I don’t mind driving around the city is on Sundays.
I’ve pretty much given up on any improvements in the issue, from better enforcement of traffic laws to, god forbid, a functioning public transportation system. My motorcycle has got some issues right now, and there’s a ban on motorcycles after 6:00 PM in the city anyway, so I’ve been stuck riding in shared cabs, or services, as they’re called.
That said, Elias has put up a post on ideas about public transportation, mostly ferries and railways, which I’d love to see but for which I won’t be holding my breath any time soon. In all fairness, though, I complained in the comments of that post that I’d like to see a bus schedule and map, and I have since come across an incomplete (and likely inaccurate) version of the former. Line 2, which I sometimes take when I’m not in a hurry (it takes between an hour and an hour and a half to get from Hamra to Achrafieh), is not on the schedule. It would be nice to see a map of the actual routes (and have those routes followed by the drivers, who sometimes deviate from the route if they feel like they can save some time) like this, or even like this.
In the meantime, though, we’ll just have to content ourselves with fantasizing about the metro route we’d take to work on the map for Beirut’s non-existent subway (click to enlarge) or talking about the lack of transport on Facebook.