As part of the on-going thrust to develop Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Intelligent Bus Management and Monitoring System Project Implementation Note was signed between the Republic of China on Taiwan, and the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on 25th January, 2019.
The executing agency for this project is the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD), in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning, and Information Technology.
The overarching objectives of the project are to improve the management of the public transportation sector (eBus phase), and enhance surveillance in public areas (CCTV Phase), in this country. The CCTV Phase is completed with a fully functional surveillance system currently in operation.
The eBus phase is currently being implemented a pace by two teams comprising consultants from Askey company of Taiwan; and staff of TaiwanICDF; Information Technology Services Division (ITSD), in the Ministry Finance, Economic Planning and Information Technology; Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force; and Ministry of Transport.
The main components of the project are the installation of smart bus stops at approximately 40 locations throughout the country, and the installation of approximately 200 Telematic Control Units (TCUs) on Government-owned and contracted buses, and also privately owned buses who agree to come on board.
This project is expected to yield tremendous dividends to all stakeholders, not least of which will be the much-needed relief to the travelling public by greatly reducing the waiting time for buses, as commuters will be in a position to determine the buses’ location, and therefore know when to get to the bus stop at an appropriate time, and avoid long waits.
An invitation is extended to all private bus owners to be a part of this game changer in the transportation industry; and can indicate their interest by contacting the Project Co-ordinators, Mrs. Donnette O’Neil and Mrs. Desiree Armstrong, at the Information Technology Services Division at 457-1007.