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Environmentalist Suggests Rapid Mass Transit System

Environmentalist, Peter Espeut, is recommending the implementation of a rapid mass transit system as a more sustainable means of transportation for Jamaicans, particularly those residing in Portmore, St. Catherine.

Rapid transitis a public transport system in an urban area with high capacity and high frequency, which is fast and segregated from other traffic, and includes rail transportation.

Responding to questions posed during a policy forum hosted by the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) at the institution’s Old Hope Road premises in St. Andrew on October 11, Mr. Espeut argued that mass transit will also contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the environment.

“The present transportation system is very unsustainable. You cannot have more and more cars crowding onto the same road system, producing more greenhouse gases, carrying one (or) two persons when it’s possible to have rapid transit systems. For example (in) Portmore, why has the rail link not being put into Portmore? That would carry vastly more people than the one-one minibus can carry. This is where policy development is important. Why have we not developed a mass transit system that makes the number of motorcars less?” he questioned


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