The bright red Mwasalat buses are on the roads and this weekend it was good to take a free ride (free until end of November).
To allow old and disabled people easy access the bus lowers at each stop. The doors may open with a push button, but after several attempts by me the driver kindly opened them to let me in.
Although at the moment its a free journey the driver, who also acts as the ticket issuer, handed out a nice glossy printed ticket, stamped ‘Promotion offer Free’.
The front 12 seats are priority for ladies and families; the bus has a total passenger capacity of 68 (39 Sitting, 28 standing and 1 wheelchair).
From Ruwi to Mabelah the route before the airport is straight along the principal through route in Muscat with the stops still using the familiar original locations of 20/30 years ago. A simple press button alerts the driver he should stop at the next bus stop, and a TV screen flashes up the bus will stop. I hope the new buses (these are from from the Dutch VDL Bus & Coach Company) are a success which results in more capacity, routes and stopping locations as they have no stop in Qurum for Sabco/City Centre area.