Infrastructure and transport in Jamaica falls under the remit of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing. Housing added to what was formerly the Ministry of Transport and Works in January 2012.
Functions and Responsibilities
The ministry is responsible for the country’s land, marine and air transport as well as the main road network, including bridges, drains, gullies, embankments and other such infrastructure. Jamaica’s infrastructure comprises 15, 394km of road network covering the entire island, of which 844km are arterial roads, 717km are secondary roads, 3255km are tertiary roads and 282km are urban roads. There are also 800 bridges, 330km of rail track, a large fleet of public passenger buses, two international airports, four domestic aerodromes, ten specialized seaports and three public deep-water ports. With the addition of the Housing portfolio, the ministry is also responsible for the facilitation, development and implementation of access to legal, adequate and affordable housing solutions for the Jamaican people. The ministry is also the regulator of all modes of transportation, whether publicly or privately operated.
- Airline operators
- Shipping traffic
- Public Land Transportation
- Road Infrastructure
- Road Safety
In the case of Housing, the ministry is responsible for:
- Housing Policy and Research
- Squatter Management
- Land Management
- Project Development – (Planning, Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation)
- Marketing and Community Development (Social Services)
- Rent Services
Who Is In Charge?
The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing is headed by a Minister who is a senior member of the Cabinet, the executive arm of the Government of Jamaica.
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