Mwasalat, the public transport company of the Sultanate of Oman, on Tuesday launched the smart transportation system, aimed at improving efficiency and providing smart services to all segments of society.
Speaking at the launch event, Eng Khamis Mohammed Abdullah al Shamakhi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology for Transport, said: “This system is the first of its kind in the region and will serve to advance mass transport in the country, as per the logistics strategy and the objectives of the Oman Vision 2040."
He said Mwasalat will seek to focus on marketing, improve the existing network and provide solutions to traffic congestion, especially in the Governorate of Muscat.
He said the ministry is focusing on completing a number of major projects, including the remaining portions of the Al Sharqiya Expressway, Batinah Expressway, the coastal road linking the Suwaiq port system, and connecting the Khazaen Economic City with Al Batinah Expressway. The tender for the construction of the road linking the states of Musandam Governorate Khasab Lima Dibba Road will be announced soon.
Badr bin Mohammad al Nadabi, the acting CEO of Mwasalat, said that the new application will help commuters due to the electronic payment feature to purchase tickets using smartphones (no need for paper tickets). It will guide passengers to the nearest bus stops and help them to find suitable appropriate routes for their trips.
He said the application provides complete detail of the routes connecting the prominent tourist attractions, commercial sites and government headquarters.
The company will focus on raising the level of integration of the smart transportation system with the traffic, communications, and information technology systems of the authorities, especially the Royal Oman Police and the Muscat Municipality.
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