Muscat: Mwasalat is planning to introduce an “Intelligent Transport System (ITS)” to improve public transport in Oman, a senior official said.
The new ITS technology will enable gathering of data or intelligence and then provide timely feedback to traffic managers and road users. “We will also be able to track the bus and monitor the movement of the passengers on board. If there are too many passengers on a particular route then we can put more buses on that route,” Ahmad bin Ali Al Bulushi, chief executive officer of Mwasalat, said.
Besides this, Mwasalat is also planning to start an automatic fare collection system to improve the transportation system in Oman.
“These will be installed within 12 months after the tenders are issued,” he said.
He also said Spanish company Ineco is developing a 25-year master plan for Mwasalat. “Ineco will develop a comprehensive master plan over the 2016 to 2040 period that will help transform Mwasalat into a world-class public bus transport operator.”
During the next three years, Mwasalat plans to introduce 350 public transport buses, which will be run all over the country. Right now, the company has around 600 buses, including school and university buses.
Mwasalat has already floated a tender for the supply of 350 buses of various types, including a large number of double-decker buses this year. These buses will have better on board security and entertainment systems.