Consultations underway to improve city transportation challenges

DPI, Guyana, Friday, November 24, 2017

A Sustainable Urban Transport (SUT) study facilitated by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MOPI) and Brazilian company, LOGIT has shown that the city of Georgetown needs new mechanisms for improved transportation.

Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson at the consultation held at the Cara Lodge on Friday.

The study, carried out between October 2016 and November this year, was aimed at providing specific project recommendations and policy options to allocate road space more efficiently among users, and increase the use of cleaner and more sustainable transportation modes.

It included the Urban Public Transportation Improvement Sector, the Traffic Improvement Program, Gender Study and the Institutional Strengthening and Parking Management Plan.

Addressing the consultation today at the Cara Lodge Hotel, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson said, that according to data, some nine thousand new vehicles find their way on the road each year. And while the city of Georgetown has served Guyanese well, the road network system has not improved significantly.

“Another study coupled with this report shows that 65 to 70 percent of all traffic heads to the city of Georgetown, coming from the East Bank as well as from the East Coast. So, you can imagine the strain we add annually to Georgetown”

The recommendations coming out of the study falls under the ambit of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC). Taking this into account, Minister Patterson said the proposals set forward is simply for discussion.

“At the end of this stakeholder meeting a final report which will incorporate your comments and the final; report will be presented to the ministry, the municipality and the public as a whole,” Minister Patterson said.

 

By: Alexis Rodney

 

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