“We will have dedicated parking bays across the city at different bus stops. These will be allocated spaces where the buses must stop to allow passengers to hop in and out of the bus. “A total of 26 such parking bays will be developed between Ruwi and Ma’abela at present,” a municipality official mentioned.
The official mentioned that Oman has stunning roads and the public transport method has taken off effectively. “We have bus stops but no parking bays. Every country has parking bays at their bus stops. Once we have them it will be an advantage for the public who use the bus services. “The Oman Highway design manual will be kept in mind while designing these parking bays,” the official mentioned.
He mentioned that the Mwasalat buses which ply by means of the city are larger in size than the conventional ONTC buses. “A lot of items are taken into consideration although allocating space for a bus. We have to maintain in thoughts the speed limit of the adjacent road, the new low floor buses and the adjacent lane to the parking bay.
“We have a few bus parking bays which need to be redesigned to ensure that they follow existing traffic regulations and don’t hinder traffic movement.” Bay markings ought to be of enough length and width to completely accommodate the automobiles for which they are intended for.
“To create bays on the carriageway we will have to use colour contrasting surface in order to distinguish parking areas from the surrounding carriageway,” he mentioned.
Information Source: Muscat Daily