Minister of Transport and Works, Hon Mike Henry, says that the Traffic Management System to be implemented in Montego Bay, St. James will be activated by the end of October.
Speaking at a Press conference Thursday (October 1) at the Office of the Prime (OPM) Western Division, in Montego Bay, Mr. Henry said that he will be working with the National Works Agency (NWA) for an activation date.
The Press Conference followed the Minister’s extensive tour of road and infrastructure works being carried out in Montego Bay.
“At least at the end of October, we should be ready and functional, so that we have the month of November to reassess before the Christmas comes into play, and if we have to relook at anything we can do so,” Mr. Henry stated.
Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Mike Henry (centre), answering questions at a Press Conference on Thursday (October 1) at the Office of the Prime Minister in Montego Bay, about new colour coded taxis (foreground) to be introduced to Montego Bay soon.
He added that, at least, a ten-day operational period would be needed to assess the traffic flow management system, while it is in operation.
He also stated that His Worship the Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Charles Sinclair, has brought a number of concerns to his attention with respect to the proposed system, which calls for a collaborative effort between the Ministry and the St. James Parish Council for a smooth implementation.
Mayor Sinclair, addressing the issue of the implementation date, said that, as soon as certain basic provisions have been put in by the Parish Council and the NWA, the system can be activated.
“There are certain things that the Council has to do, and we are working as quickly as we can in finalising those arrangements; and certain things that the NWA has to do, and we have gotten the commitment from the Minister towards those,” he said.
Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Mike Henry, takes the wheel of this new JUTC bus which was among two introduced to Montego Bay, St. James recently, during discussions on the pilot launching of a colour-coded programme for taxis at a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister (West) Thursday (October 1) in Montego Bay.
The traffic management system will include traffic lights at various intersections throughout that city, with closed circuit cameras mounted on some of them. This is planned to help achieve a smoother traffic flow.
The system is being implemented at a cost of approximately $55 million, and is being funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).