Portmore to get $5.8-billion transportation centre
The Sunshine City of Portmore in St Catherine is to get a transport centre similar to the one constructed in Half-Way Tree in St Andrew.
Dr Omar Davies, minister of transport, said during his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday that the plan for the hub is based on the premise of enhancing public transportation throughout the Portmore area, and improving its linkages with downtown Kingston and Half-Way Tree.
Davies said the transport ministry has signed a conditional build-design contract with a Belgium consortium comprising the firms Transurb Technirail, Euro Immo Star and Besix to construct the Portmore Transport Hub. This is the same consortium that constructed the Half-Way Tree centre.
The project will cost an estimated €47.3 million, or J$5.8 billion, with construction over a period of 24 months.
The prepared text for the minister, which was not read in Parliament, indicates that the associated credit agreement is currently being reviewed by the Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Attorney General's Chambers, prior to the agreement being finalised.
The minister said it is anticipated that the centre will serve to encourage some motorists to use the public transportation system instead.
Davies said that among the anticipated benefits of the establishment of the hub is the rationalisation of the public transport system in Portmore to ensure that commuters would be able to access and utilise public passenger vehicles and private vehicles with ease and convenience.
The minister also said that traffic management in the location would be greatly improved and synchronised to ensure the efficient and effective movement of vehicles and people, including pedestrians, pedal cyclists, and other vulnerable groups.