Archive for September, 2014

Jamaica’s Toll Roads usage below expectation

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

For many Jamaican consumers, the increase in prices in the services and products has hit hard.  Onee news story that escaped public attention in the midst of the Chikungunya outbreak was the lower than expected number of motorists using the nation toll roads. According to a report carried on RJR News Online, the projected usage at the four toll plazas, Portmore, Vineyards, Spanish Town and May Pen, for the period January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014 was 53,200 but the number was slightly lower at 52,400. Note this was before the increase in July.

What I have noticed is the apparent increased number of advertisements, attempting to promote the use east west toll network.

Going back to the numbers, the Portmore toll plaza was down only 0.3% pretty much reflecting the lack of choice to the motorists in that community. The Spanish town leg which can be easily avoided suffered the largest decrease of 4.5%. The numbers not provided were what percentage of users cross the respective four toll plaza although we suspect the Portmore toll plaza to be the largest.

What would be interested is what the numbers will be at the end of 2014, given the steep increases.