Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Mike Henry, says that downtown Kingston will be a priority in his multimodal concept of world class public transportation for Jamaica, which will include buses and taxis.
“With Digicel and a number of major companies and Government Ministries and agencies planning to move back downtown, it is my duty to create a modern multimodal transport system which will address their needs effectively and efficiently,” Mr. Henry told JIS News on Saturday (December 19).
He was touring sections of King Street as part of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation’s (KSAC) ‘Christmas in the City, Downtown Comes Alive’ shopping promotion aimed restoring vibrancy to the commercial centre.
His Worship the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond Mckenzie, assists Minister of Transport and Works, Hon Mike Henry, makes a purchase from a vendor on King Street, downtown Kingston on Saturday (December 19) as the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation’s (KSAC) ‘Christmas in the City, Downtown Comes Alive’ shopping campaign continued. At right is Chairman of the Kingston City Centre Improvement Company (KCCIC), Francis Kennedy.
He said that while he could not give a definite date for the opening of the downtown transportation centre, he could assure commuters that it would play a significant role in the redevelopment of the area, in terms of providing a modern public transportation system.
“I think that this (shopping) promotion is a hell of a good idea, because what it does is to encourage people to come back downtown and see the changes that are taking place,” he said.
Mr. Henry was observing shopping on King Street, accompanied by His Worship the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie, Town Clerk, Errol Greene and chairman of the Kingston City Centre Improvement Company (KCCIC), Francis Kennedy.
Yesterday’s activities started at 10.30 a.m. with Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, touring the Coronation Market, observing the market’s contribution to the development of downtown’s shopping culture, in terms of farm produce.