Members of the public are being offered the opportunity to weigh in via an online survey whether they believe an organised public transportation system is needed in the British Virgin Islands.
The survey was recently launched and is targeting as many persons as possible.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works Jeremy Hodge told BVI News on Thursday that the government’s objective is to reduce the congestion in the capital and make it more pedestrian friendly.
He said: “One of the overarching objectives of the new government is to have a reliable public bus service system. In the BVI we don’t really have a bus system where you can stand up at a bus stop and know that within a certain time a bus will swing around where you can get on and get where you need to go. What we are trying to do is establish one.”
“With this survey, we want to get feedback from the people that we will be serving to see if they see the benefit of it. So when we put it together, it will not be in isolation,” he added.
The Permanent Secretary said the cost and routes will be up for discussion in a subsequent public consultation.
In the meantime, Hodge said there will be opportunities for partnerships between the government and the private sector to construct bus stops.
The public will also decide if they think the government or private citizens should run the public transportation system.
He told BVI News that Works Minister Kye Rymer and his team will be travelling to Bermuda next month to learn more about the operations of their public transportation system and how it works.
Meanwhile, plans for a bus terminal at the Market Square near FLOW is advancing.
“We have plans afoot to establish that facility [bus terminal] in 2020, and that is basically the central area in town where the buses will pass through and drop people off,” Hodge stated.
Following a public consultation in May on the impending overhaul of Road Town, the proposed designs are being tweaked for officials to return to the public with actual designs, cost, among other things.
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