Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Honourable Kye Rymer has said that meetings have been held with more than 100 Taxi Operators throughout the Territory to communicate and agree on effective routes and schedules for the Park and Ride Free Shuttle Service initiative.
Honourable Rymer and a team of officials from his ministry including Director of Taxi and Livery Commission, Mr. Jevaughn Parsons recently met with Taxi Operators on Anegada to complete the meetings and ensure that all Taxi Operators in the Territory are given an opportunity to utilise the stimulus being offered to them by the Government of the Virgin Islands.
Honourable Rymer said, “The Government of the Virgin Islands is committed to providing a Pedestrian Friendly City, through the City Park and Ride Free Shuttle Service initiative. Currently there are three islands already utilising a schedule actively through the stimulus. They are Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke with Anegada to be active by August’s end.”
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie had stated in his statement on the Phase Two Economic Plan ‘Social Protection and Economic Stimulation in COVID-19’ that it is a great opportunity being afforded to the Territory’s taxi operators.
“This is an excellent opportunity for our taxi operators who have been unable to work due to COVID-19 to get back on their feet, and take care of themselves and their families,” Premier Fahie said at the time.
The Park and Ride Free Shuttle Service on Tortola is Monday to Friday 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the Green Line initiated at the Festival Grounds in Road Town and the Yellow Line across from the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital’s parking lot.
Taxi Operators on Jost Van Dyke are scheduled Monday to Friday 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Route A – which includes Little Harbour Hill to Great Harbour and back to Little Harbour and Route B from White Bay to Great Harbour and back to White Bay.
Scheduled pick up times are arranged around the New Horizon Ferry Service departure and arrival times.
Pick up times at each point are: 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Last trip is 6:30 p.m. at the ferry dock.
Residents on Virgin Gorda may also utilise the service Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Route A which starts and ends at the Spanish Town Jetty to Hansom Bay onto Copper Mine, the Baths onto South Valley back to the Spanish Town Jetty.
Route B begins at South Valley (From Bucks’ Food Market parking lot) to the Baths onto Hansom Bay through the Valley and back to South Valley.
Note: There is an established shuttle that runs from Leverick Bay into the Valley daily and the operators opted not to infringe on that route.