Friday 16 November, 2018

No increase in toll rates for users of East-West leg of Highway 2000

Motorists who use the East-West leg of Highway 2000 will not be faced with an increase in toll rates this year according to TransJamaican Highway, operators of the toll.

The toll rates are normally adjusted annually in July based on factors such as movements in inflation and the exchange rate.

Motorists who traverse the Portmore, Vineyards, Spanish Town and Mineral Heights toll booths will benefit.

“After taking into account the exchange rate, the consumer price index (CPI) — both of which have been favourable to Jamaica — along with other input variables specific to our operations, we found that we were in a position to forgo a rate increase this year,” said Guillaume Allain, Managing Director of TransJamaican Highway .

The company noted that this is the second time that it has not increased the toll rates, having first done so in 2010.

It said highway maintenance and developments will continue as scheduled, as an important campaign of works will take place over the summer to guarantee the best possible driving conditions, in accordance with the Highway 2000 East-West policy of improvements of the road infrastructure. 

TransJamaican also said it continues to expand its services to customers, pointing out that users will soon have the convenience of a new service station near the Old Harbour eastbound on-ramp.

“We have also outfitted a police outpost at the Portmore Toll Plaza of the Highway 2000 East-West. This will allow the best possible co-operation between Highway 2000 East-West and the Highway Police to ensure that all toll roads are safe for the motoring public,” Allain said.

He said the police will now be able to monitor the roadway more closely and respond to incidents in an even shorter time.

TransJamaican says tag customers also now have more convenience to access their accounts with a new mobile application called T-Tag to Go.

Users are able to view account balances; add funds to accounts; set personalized low-balance reminders; and view historical transactions.

The T-Tag to Go app can be downloaded free at the Google Play Store and the App Store.