New buses set to boost Omani jobs

About 100 new buses join­ing the Mwasalat fleet will grad­u­ally cre­ate 320 jobs

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MUSCAT: Ninety-eight new buses will join the Mwasalat fleet from De­cem­ber 2017, the na­tional bus op­er­a­tor an­nounced on Mon­day.

“These buses, in phases, will con­tinue un­til Au­gust 2018,” the na­tional op­er­a­tor said af­ter sign­ing agree­ments on Mon­day.

The bus op­er­a­tor also said the pur­chase will cre­ate 320 jobs for Oma­nis. The buses will cost more than OMR11.677 mil­lion.

Mwasalat had ex­tended its city routes un­til mid­night from Oc­to­ber 20. The city routes—Ma­belaRuwi, Ruwi-Mut­trah, Muscat- Ruwi-Amerat and Ruwi-Wadi Kabir—are now avail­able from 6 am to mid­night.

Ex­tended tim­ings

The ex­tended tim­ings are help­ing ev­ery­one use pub­lic trans­port buses over a longer pe­riod of time. “The new move is based on pub­lic feed­back for the need to ex­tend the tim­ings,” said the com­pany.

Mwasalat op­er­ates sev­eral routes in Muscat, along with ser­vices to var­i­ous gov­er­norates, as well as a line con­nect­ing Dubai. “We just had eight buses in Muscat prior to Novem­ber 2015. But now, we have buses con­nect­ing every part of Muscat. Be­sides that, we cre­ated lot of jobs,” an of­fi­cial from Mwasalat had said ear­lier.

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