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  • A transportation hub is to be constructed in Portmore, St. Catherine, as the Government works to improve the efficiency of the public passenger system in the Kingston Metropolitan Region (KMR).
  • The project, which will cost approximately €47,312,093, is expected to be undertaken over 24 months.
  • Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, made the announcement on Tuesday, April 21, during his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.

A transportation hub is to be constructed in Portmore, St. Catherine, as the Government works to improve the efficiency of the public passenger system in the Kingston Metropolitan Region (KMR).

The project, which will cost approximately €47,312,093, is expected to be undertaken over 24 months.

Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, made the announcement on Tuesday, April 21, during his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.

He informed that the Ministry has signed a conditional build-design contract with a Belgium consortium to construct the hub. This grouping comprises the firms, which built the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre.

Through this facility, it is anticipated that traffic management in Portmore will be greatly improved to ensure the efficient and effective movement of vehicles and people, including pedestrians, pedal cyclists and other vulnerable groups.

The structure is expected to facilitate better service planning for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), which currently operates 54 routes from various communities in Portmore either to Half-Way Tree or downtown Kingston.