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Linstead gets state-of-the-art transportation centre

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Omar Davies

Linstead gets state-of-the-art transportation centre

In a move to address traffic congestion in the town of Linstead, the Ministry of Transport opened a new $38.2-million state-of-the-art transportation centre in the town on Wednesday.

Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies said because of the huge impact of the public-transportation sector on Jamaica's development, the ministry has been decisive in cleaning up the system.

"I have mandated the Transport Authority to make the necessary changes to build and develop a more people-centred transportation system, utilising the best available technology," Davies stated, emphasising that Jamaicans must be transported in dignity and safety.

He said the institution, under its chairman Norton Hinds, has responded positively, putting in place a number of key initiatives and the implementation of a solid foundation for long-term development.

"Along these lines, I am pleased to announce that the colour-coding of hackney carriages and route taxis will be fully implemented by March 31 this year," the transport minister disclosed.

The new centre is designed to accommodate a total of 402 vehicles - 292 route taxis and 110 rural buses.