Friday 22 June, 2018

Transport Authority opens up more than 4,000 routes islandwide

Thousands of operators and would-be operators of public passenger vehicles will be given the opportunity to legally access a route as the Transport Authority has decided to open up spaces on 768 routes islandwide.

The Transport Authority said the decision is to satisfy the increased demand for public transportation services.

According to the Authority, there will be 100 newly established Route Taxi routes with 765 spaces; three newly established Rural Stage Carriage routes with six spaces; 576  reopened Route Taxi routes with 3,210 spaces; and 89 - reopened Rural Stage Carriages routes with 177 spaces.

The Authority said the move to open the 768 routes follows a number of stakeholder consultations in respect of underserviced routes, assessment of requests made by commuters, as well as an islandwide review of the demand and supply for public transportation.

Some of the new routes include Portmore Mall to Portmore Villa, in St Catherine; May Pen to Glenmuir Housing Scheme, in Clarendon; and Mandeville to Morelands, Manchester.

The complete list of opened and reopened routes will be published in the press on Sunday.

In the meantime, the Authority is also urging individuals operating public transportation services without the requisite road licences to ensure that they legalise their services now and avoid prosecution.

And it is reminding prospective applicants that no employee of the Authority has the power or authority to grant new road licences as this responsibility lies with the Authority’s board-appointed Licensing Committee.