A metro line in Oman’s capital Muscat is planned to run from Ruwi and Muttrah in the east via the city centre to the airport and Seeb in the west. It is being planned as part of a range of infrastructure projects drawn up under the Oman National Spatial Strategy (ONSS), which is described as a blueprint for the country’s cities over the next two decades.
There are also plans for a passenger rail service to be introduced connecting Seeb with Sohar. Currently there is no railway in country, but under the previously announced National Railway Project, plans are in place for a 2135km system linking the Oman/United Arab Emirates border to Muscat and on to the central and southern parts of the country at Port of Ad Duqm and Salalah, and the Yemen border.
The ONSS looks at allocating financial and regulatory incentives to certain sites that have specific economic functions with the aim of attracting investment and promoting growth.
The plans include urban regeneration projects in areas that would be served by the planned metro. Premises will be built around the metro stations including shops and offices.
As part of the ONSS it has been confirmed that a National Transport Model will be created and that an extensive survey designed to gather necessary data for that will be conducted from mid-October until mid-December.