By Kamal Haynes, BVI News Staff
The ‘Holiday Season Park and Ride’ shuttle service which was operated in Road Town recently is expected to become a permanent service on Tortola.
This is according to Minister of Transportation Kye Rymer, who told BVI News the decision was made following the success of the pilot initiative during the Christmas season.
“The pilot park and ride shuttle service through Road Town that started on the 16th of December and ended on the 24th of December was a public-private partnership with Romasco Group. This project was a seamless and successful venture and I want to publicly thank them for partnering with the Ministry of Transportation, Works and Utilities,” Minister Rymer stated.
“Plans are underway to have a permanent park and ride shuttle service throughout Road Town that should complement public transportation,” he added.
Minister Rymer also said statistical information collected during the nine days of service, confirmed that hundreds of persons used the service to traverse the capital.
“Data collected shows that the heaviest usage was between 11 am to 2 pm. On the first day, we moved about 120 passengers (using two drivers and two shuttles). The other eight days we moved an average of 75 passengers daily,” Rymer added.
In a government-commissioned media release last month, the minister had stated that the initiative was aimed at addressing the traffic congestion experienced within Road Town during the Christmas season.
Persons who opted to use the service, which cost $1, parked their vehicles at the festival grounds in Road Town and were transported in shuttles to multiple points in the capital.
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