Several buses are provided by the university. They transport staff and students for free through the campuses of Al-Muthanna University. These buses are used for transportation between campuses, from campuses to students’ residents, from campuses to some local area of Samawah City to drive staff from and to their homes.
By setting up some policies, Al-Muthanna University has been able to reduce the parking area on campus by about 10%-30%. Some of those policies aimed at not-allowing student’s cars and taxis from entering campuses. Other policies have helped to encourage staff to use university’s vehicles (e.g. free buses and mini-buses, car sharing) instead of their private cars. In addition, a priority has been given to create gardens and other open spaces over car parking areas.
Transportation Initiatives to Decrease Private Vehicles on Campus
Al-Muthanna University has taken several significant steps to reduce the number of private vehicles entering the campuses. Below are some of those initiatives:
- A few buses have been provided by the university to be used for free.
- Pedestrian paths were built around and through campuses to encourage people to walk instead of using vehicles.
- Some cars (saloons and minibuses) have been employed to transport employees from their homes to the university, which has helped to reduce the number of private cars entering the university and to more raise the awareness of car sharing benefits.
- Al-Muthanna University has set a policy to prevent students from bringing their vehicles inside campuses. This policy has prevented so many private vehicles from entering campuses.
Pedestrian Path Policy on Campus
Great efforts have been made at Al-Muthanna University to design and build pedestrian paths across campuses in a way that makes them separated from roads where vehicles are going. These pedestrian paths are located around and between buildings so people can walk safely without being warred about the ongoing vehicles. In short, pedestrian paths are available everywhere across Al-Muthanna University’s campuses. Furthermore, some are features have been added to increase the efficiency of these paths and make them more convenience. Firstly, 220 streetlamps have been installed for night walks. These lamps are powered by solar panels, so they are friendly for the environment and run automatically. In addition, some of these paths have been provided with disabled-friendly features.