Jordan: The Prime Minister of Jordan, Dr Bashar Al Khasaouna, launched the first flights of the second phase of the #Oman bus project from Sawileh station on the occasion of the #CityDay, celebrated by the Greater Amman Municipality on the second of March every year.
According to the reports, The Prime Minister affirmed the importance of the Amman Bus Project alongside the fast-frequency bus project in improving the reality of transport services for citizens, reducing the burdens and challenges faced by the public transport sector within the capital Amman.
The grit also addressed the need to continue developing the work in the project and build on what has been achieved so far; to reach modern transport services, citizens touch its positive impact.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister came to the Sawileh Station facilities and learned about the services provided by the new buses. He listened to a briefing presented by Amin Amman Dr Youssef Al-Shwarba about the workflow of the project and the services he offers.
The second phase of the Oman Bus project included the operation of 136 new buses, bringing the total number of Oman Buses to 271.
The reports stated that the Amman Municipality launched the project’s first phase in mid-2019 with 135 buses. The number of passengers in the past three and a half years reached 26 million and is expected to double with the operation of the second phase.
The new buses will cover 23 new routes, bringing the total number of routes to 41 routes covering vast areas of the city; 90 buses will be used to continue running high-frequency bus routes, part of which will act as feeder lines to high-frequencies bus stops under a fare integration program that ensures transit from bus lines View of Oman to express bus routes within the arrangements of a higher ceiling fare of 65 cents for both Oman bus and high-frequency bus trips.
Moreover, the buses will operate according to a fixed schedule, an average of 16 hours daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. with an operating ratio of Fridays and public holidays, a free ride for the elderly and a suitable environment for transporting persons with disabilities.
The length of the new Oman bus routes is 480 km to double the size of the network to 870 km, with an operation contract costing 125 million dinars to operate the first and second stages for five years, said reports.
Oman Municipality is expected to provide an estimated 75-million-dollar passenger support over five years (70%) in addition to a bus purchase cost of 23 million dinars.
In addition, Amman Buses’ launch comes from Amman’s vision, its strategic and executive plan, and practical performance indicators for expanding public transport services and improving reliability.
On another note, on Thursday, Prime Minister Dr Bashar Al-Khasaouna inspected the workflow of the Six Towers Project in Amman, which resumed after the project stumbled in 2011.
The Prime Minister confirmed the need to accelerate the completion of the project soon, ensuring the highest specifications and not accepting any delay in the deadlines set for completion.