Grenada govt launches sustainable ‘Road-based Public Transport Plan’

The government stated that it would meet the needs of users through a participatory and inclusive process; to ensure this becomes a reality, there will be a review of the regulatory structures for operating public transport. 

Grenada govt launches sustainable 'Road-based Public Transport Plan'
Grenada govt launches sustainable 'Road-based Public Transport Plan'

Grenada: The government of Grenada has launched its sustainable road-based public transport plan, which seeks to establish a well-regulated public transport system on March 9, 2022. The government stated that it would meet the needs of users through a participatory and inclusive process; to ensure this becomes a reality, there will be a review of the regulatory structures for operating public transport. 

The incorporation of gender-responsive and socially inclusive measures and the development of a programme to transition to low or zero carbon emission. The process began with a decision by the Government of Grenada to move from abroad to a transport commission in light of the challenge being experienced by the sector; recommendations under the new system include the provision of full territorial coverage of public transport, enhanced service during low periods and the implementation of a schedule for buses at the various bus terminals. 

A presentation on the recommendations was made on Wednesday by Fredrick Lloveras, ahead of the transport planning of Markit, which is undertaking the projects. He says another proposal under consideration is the introduction of a cashless system. 

“Another issue that we also try to face is the pay on board; we know that now it’s only the system works by using cash-paying at onboard, which also turns into some kind of insecurity mostly in the night hours because the drivers can be assaulted because of the income revenue that they are collecting all the day, so we are also checking experiences in other countries in similar countries where they are moving to a cashless system with your buy the ticket outside the bus just collects the tickets as a piece of paper or need to carry cash in mostly in a specific area of the day. 

Minister for infrastructure development public utility transport and implementation Nolan Cox says he’s concerned about the inequity in the transport service; we have persons who work late in the service industry have difficulties getting home, challenges risk of a person’s moving lead are an area where at a particular time, the service is not available. 

With funding provided by the Alliance Franchise Development, the Caribbean Development Bank is partnering with the Government of Grenada on the project on project. 

Mr Andrew Dupigny is CGB’s programme manager for infrastructure partnerships noting, “We expect a sustainable road-based public transportation plan including gender-responsive and socially inclusive measures as well as recommendations for short medium and long term investments that will lead to an increase in the viability efficiency and quality of public transport services which meet the needs of the public. 

He further stated that the project would provide the basis for evidence-based decisions by the government of Grenada to establish a public transportation system that will be attractive as a daily choice for residents or visitors. A high-quality system will move people quickly, easily, and comfortably to their destinations and be accessible, convenient, affordable and safe. Such a service must be well designed to overcome physical and cultural barriers appealing to both the segment of the population who have no other means of transport and those who have cards.