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  • A $38 million transportation centre is to be built in Linstead, which will benefit over 400 public passenger vehicle (PPV) operators, and commuters, while easing traffic congestion in the St. Catherine town.
  • St. Catherine Member of Parliament, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, and Transport Authority Chairman, Norton Hinds, signed contracts for the undertaking on Thursday (May 7), during a ceremony held at the project site on King Street, Linstead.
  • The development will include construction of: an administrative building; restroom facilities; guardhouses; vending shops; an open gazebo; a boundary wall and fencing; external walkways and pavements; asphaltic paving for parking area; and electrical and mechanical installations.

A $38 million transportation centre is to be built in Linstead, which will benefit over 400 public passenger vehicle (PPV) operators, and commuters, while easing traffic congestion in the St. Catherine town.

Being developed by the Transport Authority (TA), the Linstead Transportation Centre is expected to complement the previously built Linstead Taxi Stand.

Work is slated to commence shortly and is projected for completion within four months.

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St. Catherine Member of Parliament, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, and Transport Authority Chairman, Norton Hinds, signed contracts for the undertaking on Thursday (May 7), during a ceremony held at the project site on King Street, Linstead.

The development will include construction of: an administrative building; restroom facilities; guardhouses; vending shops; an open gazebo; a boundary wall and fencing; external walkways and pavements; asphaltic paving for parking area; and electrical and mechanical installations.

In his remarks, Mr. Pickersgill said the centre will increase access of commuters to more “reliable and efficient” transportation services.

He noted that Linstead has grown significantly within recent years, resulting in congestion and “disorder” in the town, which have inconvenienced pedestrians, business operators and motorists, among other persons.

In this regard, Mr. Pickersgill said he was “pleased” that the centre’s construction “will commence shortly.”

“The use of the centre will be guided by a scheduling system. When completed, I firmly believe that it will provide for a more organised public transportation system and should ease the pressure in the town, particularly during peak hours,” he said.

In his remarks, Mr. Hinds said the contract signing represents a “significant milestone” towards achieving orderly, disciplined public transportation infrastructure in townships cross the island.”

“As the regulator of public land transport, the Transport Authority is always concerned about the organisation, efficiency, and effectiveness of the public transport sector (across) Jamaica. Of equal importance, is the transport facilities used by both commuters and transport operators alike. Ultimately, the goal of constructing a transportation centre here, in Linstead, is the provision of a modern…infrastructure that meets the needs of the people,” Mr. Hinds stated.

Other speakers at the ceremony included: Chairman, St. Catherine Parish Council and Spanish Town’s Mayor, Councillor Norman Scott; and head of the Linstead Police subdivision, Superintendent Ralsford Hardie, both of whom welcomed the project.

The Linstead Transportation Centre will accommodate some 292 route taxis and 110 rural buses operated between Linstead and several communities across St. Catherine and neighbouring St. Ann, and Kingston.