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New public school bus project hits the road

By Maram Kayed - Sep 16,2019 - Last updated at Sep 16,2019

Teachers and students at a private school in Irbid attend the morning assembly (JT file photo)

AMMAN — A new transportation project for public schools will now serve 50,000 students in Amman, according to the Ministry of Transport.

Launched by the Ministry of Transport in coordination with a private transport company as well as an automobile importer, the project took off on Sunday, a ministry statement said on Monday.

“We hope this will serve the students of public schools, their parents, and their schools and save everyone time, energy, and money,” said Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport Wisam Tahtamooni.

 “Now students have a safe, cheap means of transport, and we hope this will contribute to the decrease of road accidents caused by unlicensed, irresponsible school transport buses,” she added.

Tahtamooni also mentioned that there are more than 25 companies waiting in line to be approved by the ministry to provide similar services in Irbid, Zarqa, Madaba and other governorates.

In the project’s first stage, around 250 schools in Amman’s different districts will be served.

According to the company’s spokesperson, Fawwaz Kayed, the buses will be linked to a mobile application called “Masar”, which tracks the bus route.

“This way parents can rest assured that the bus has reached the school, and both parents and students with phones can use it to see how much time the bus needs to reach them,” he added.

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