Economy, Transportation and Communications
Aqabah, asphalt roads, radio receivers, Syrian border, international airlines
Jordan has a modern road network of 7,245 km (4,502 mi), nearly all of it paved. All major cities are linked by asphalt roads, and small towns by oiled or dirt roads. In 1997 there were an estimated 50 passenger vehicles for every 1,000 inhabitants. The only rail lines run from the Syrian border through Amman to Ma‘an, where branches run southeast to Saudi Arabia and southwest to the port of Al‘ Aqabah, a total of 293 km (182 mi). The air terminal in Amman is served by Alia-Royal Jordanian Airline and other international airlines.
In 2000 Jordan had in use 93 telephone mainlines, 271 radio receivers, and 82 television sets for every 1,000 inhabitants. Publications include 8 daily newspapers, as well as 13 nondaily newspapers.
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