Deloitte wins $200,000 contract to develop transit plan

Local firm Deloitte has been awarded a $199,600 contract to work on a public transport system plan for the Cayman Islands.

Tourism and Transport Minister Kenneth Bryan has confirmed that work has begun on the project.

Bryan, speaking on last Wednesday’s episode of Cayman Compass weekly talk show ‘The Resh Hour’said the local audit firm is tasked with looking at options that would better improve the local transport network.

“They’ve already started working on the review of coming up with the best…public transportation system…not roads, infrastructure, (Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing) and all that, just public transportation. [T]They should complete this review within 16 to 18 weeks,” he said, adding that he expected to receive the report, which would include “suggestions for the government to make a decision” in the first quarter of 2023. .

Earlier this year, Bryan, in an interview with the Compasssaid the government was looking to team up with its counterpart in Barbados create a national public bus system in an effort to mitigate Cayman traffic jam problems.

Although at the time he said the talks were in preliminary discussions, Bryan set his sights on a January 2024 start date for a public transport bus network. He also said he was working with Santia Bradshaw, Barbados’ Minister of Transport, Works and Water Resources, to make this happen.

Tourism and Transport Minister Kenneth Bryan with his Barbados counterpart Santia Bradshaw at the IRF panel in Barbados in June. – Photo: Ministry of Tourism

However, Bryan said last week that Deloitte was reviewing the options open to Cayman for public transport.

“I know that some stakeholders have probably already heard of their [Deloitte’s] specialists who make the calls and find out the routes, how it works, what your expectations are, [and] what are the funding models,” he said.

Bryan added that he wanted to be able to say that the professionals looked at the options the government could choose from, “so that I can prepare the budget for 2024 and implement it”.

The minister previously said that to set up the plan, which includes buses, technology, infrastructure, terminals and other elements, the government could be looking at a cost of $20-30 million. Funding for this, he said, could come from the Environmental Protection Fund.

These elements should be covered as part of the ongoing transit review process.

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