Muscat public transport system to be integrated, multimodal

Saturday 19th, July 2014 / 23:53 Written by Conrad Prabhu in Business , Main [image: Muscat public transport system to be integrated, multimodal] Global Spanish transport engineering and consultancy firm Ineco says it has been commissioned by the Omani government to master-plan an integrated, multimodal public transport system for Muscat Governorate. The Madrid-based international firm, which was appointed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications to draw up the Muscat Public Transport System Master Plan, said its proposals would hopefully convince residents to ditch their private vehicles and opt for public transport instead. “The goal of the plan is to design an efficient, modern and high quality public transport system. Furthermore, the idea is to encourage its use, getting citizens see it as a real alternative to the private car. The strategies proposed will cover all transport modes and be underpinned by an exhaustive data compilation and analysis process, using information gleaned from all the institutions involved, both public and private,” the consultancy firm stated in a report outlining the broad objectives of the master plan study. [image: 43236 (3)] Public transport services within the capital region are rudimentary at best, according to the report. Aside from a skeleton network of bus services operated by the government-owned Oman National Transport Company (ONTC), and minibuses that primarily ply along main roads, passenger transportation within the city is dominated by private and commercially owned vehicles.