This policy/plan is promised to improve the public transportation bus service across the main island of Tortola.
Acting Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Mr Andrew St Hilaire said the policy/plan will also factor in the transportation needs of the sister islands.
“We are aware that multi-modal transportation is inevitable for the territory which will allow greater accessibility to the islands throughout the territory,” St Hilaire said.
The acting deputy secretary said authorities have already begun to identify 84 bus stops and are working on designs for the various types of stops.
Discussions are also being had to determine ‘control and regulatory requirements’ such as bus scheduling and fares.
“We are aware that the policy must take into consideration various aspects of transportation through public and private endeavours. We will develop a policy that addresses the issues related to national security, globalisation, deregulation and privatisation and trends in transportation systems, as well as the various instruments that will help to support and sustain a Territorial Transportation System,” St
He was speaking at a meeting with ‘key stakeholders’ in the transportation industry recently.
Procedures for ‘major emergencies’ in transportation network
A media release from the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said the meeting involved comprehensive discussions on designing a system that can ‘accommodate the needs of residents and visitors while fully considering the geographical spread of the islands’.
As for the emergency aspect of the policy/plan, DDM director Sharleen DaBreo said considerations are being given for ‘further development’ of emergency procedures that should be employed in the event of major emergencies occurring within the transportation network.
“We have therefore reached out to the Emergency Management Accreditation Programme to guide this discussion so that we are aware of the standards that would be needed for the development of these procedures,” she said.
According to the aforesaid media release, the policy/plan will include “recommendations on the development of an appropriate set of concepts and proposals that can be established to support the functioning and performance of a territorial public t
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