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Mount Rosser bypass usage down

Published:Wednesday | October 1, 2014 | 1:10 PM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Usage of the Mount Rosser bypass has declined by up to 2,000 vehicles per day since commuters have been required to pay a toll.




Ivan Anderson, CEO of the National Operating and Road Operating Company (NROCC) said that before the toll was put in place usage was 5,000 to 6,000 vehicles per day.



He said that since the toll has been implemented, usage has been reduced to 3,000 to 4,000 vehicles per day.



Motorists were able to use the new Highway free of cost for one month after it was opened on Independence Day by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.



However, persons began paying the toll in September.



It costs $200 for Class 1 vehicles such as cars, $420 for Class 2 vehicles such as SUVs and $1,000 for trucks to use the highway.



Motorised two- and three-wheel vehicles pay $160.



Meanwhile, Anderson said there has been a more than 10 per cent fall off in the projection for the usage of Highway 2000 from Kingston to May Pen.



He said, however, that there is also a falloff in the use of non toll roads.



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