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Thursday, February 20, 2020


Traffic in George Town, Grand Cayman

Almost 400 bus complaints in 2019

There were nearly 400 complaints filed with the Public Transport Board in 2019 – the vast majority of them concerning bus drivers who failed to follow their set routes.

Would Cayman ditch private cars for the bus?

Government is considering bigger buses and new routes as it seeks to improve public transport and encourage people to leave their cars behind, says Rosa Harris, chair of the Public Transport Board.

Taxi fares more transparent, but still expensive

A local taxi fare app, CI:GO, now allows riders to calculate cab prices before they buckle up. The app, launched in August 2019, answered public...

Virtual highways: How smart data is shaping Cayman’s future road network

The National Roads Authority is using a new $50,000 traffic modelling software suite to test the impact of road projects in the virtual world before it starts pouring concrete. The simulator is helping make the case for a series of "quick win" projects at pinch points in and around George Town. Longer term it could be used to test the viability of everything from public transport to flyovers and causeways across the North Sound.

Road projects focus on quick wins

The National Roads Authority is focussing on five main projects over the next two years. With just over $40 million in the budget, engineers are already at work on what they believe will be ‘quick wins’ when it comes to cutting traffic congestion. Sophisticated software has been used to build the roads in the virtual world prior to construction to assess their likely impact.

A tale of two territories: How Bermuda deals with traffic

As policymakers in Cayman seek to find solutions to growing congestion on the roads, they could do worse than looking 1,300 miles to the north, to Bermuda.

Green groups urge caution on road building

Environmental groups are calling for sustainable solutions to Cayman’s traffic problems. Both the National Trust and Sustainable Cayman have cautioned against building new lanes and extending highways to deal with the problem.

‘Traffic a top business concern’

Lost time is lost money and Cayman's business sector is feeling the impact of all those hours wasted in traffic. The Compass talked to Chamber of Commerce CEO to get the group's verdict on the issue.

‘Airport transfers can take an hour’

Traffic is impacting more than just commuters, it is causing issues for tourists too. Cayman Islands Tourism Association president Theresa Leacock-Broderick talked to the Compass about the problem and some potential solutions.

One commuter’s experiment – tracking time lost to traffic

How much time does the average Cayman commuter waste in traffic? It’s a question many of us have plenty of time to ponder on the long, slow drive into George Town. Compass journalist James Whittaker tracked his own commute as part of an experiment to see how we might rank globally in terms of time lost in traffic.

Innovation could change the way we move

Columnist Graham Morse imagines how embracing cutting edge technology could change the way we move.

Five ways the world fights traffic congestion

Five approaches that have been tried around the world and how they fared.

Cayman needs more roads

The problem of too many cars and traffic-congested roads in Grand Cayman will not be solved by curtailing auto imports into the country, writes Nan Socolow.

Unclogging roads: How the world deals with traffic problems

From congestion charges to smart planning and improving cycle infrastructure, there are proven methods of cutting traffic, yet the most effective measures are often the least politically acceptable according to international experts.

10-point plan to cut congestion

MLA Austin Harris and his Vehicle Imports and Transportation Committee have come up with a number of suggestions to cut vehicle imports and reduce traffic congestion. He sat down with the Cayman Compass to talk us through some of the primary recommendations and why he thinks they could make a difference.

Traffic the ‘number one issue’ for many legislators

For politicians anywhere east of George Town, traffic is the number one issue on the minds of their constituents.

Cap on car imports proposed

Buses for private schools, restrictions on vehicle imports and staggered work hours are among the key recommendations coming out of a government transport committee.

Road runner’s verdict: “I’m amazed I’ve survived so long”

Guest columnist Derek Haines writes that bad driving and heavy traffic are making life tough for runners on Cayman's roads.

Cyclist’s verdict: Better bike lanes needed

Amid unprecedented traffic jams in Grand Cayman, the Compass spoke with local cyclist and owner of Revolutions Spinning gym Jerome Ameline to get his verdict on why more commuters are not turning to pedal power to bypass the congestion.

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Bad driving contributing to clogged roads

Head of the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit says finding a traffic solution is important, adding that drivers also have to exercise more due care on Cayman's roads.

Cartoon – Stuck

Commuter stories: ‘I never dreamed Cayman would become so stressful’

Traffic is beginning to impact the way of life in the Cayman Islands. With more than 6,500 additional cars on the road in the last year alone, commuters say they are facing unprecedented congestion.

Traffic in focus: New Compass series

The morning and evening commutes have become a stressful endurance test for many.

Road to gridlock: 6,500 more cars in 2019

More than 6,500 more vehicles were added to Cayman’s roads in 2019, fuelling unprecedented traffic congestion in the territory.

Week-long traffic diversion scheduled for Shamrock Road

A section of Shamrock Road, near the Chrissie Tomlinson roundabout, will be closed for a week, starting on Thursday, 16 Jan., while the Caribbean Utilities Company carries out roadworks.

A suggestion to reduce traffic

On a visit to see my daughter in Grand Cayman, the problem of roads and traffic congestion has been in the news. More money...

Traffic, vehicle import consultations delayed

The legislative committee tasked with creating plans to deal with traffic congestion and the production of standards for vehicle imports delay consultations.

Restrict car ownership to reduce traffic

I agree with the observation that roads should be an important consideration in the upcoming budget. I caution, however, that the ultimate solution does...

100 face prosecution for speeding in school zones

More than 100 people have been warned for intended prosecution and 10 have been disqualified from driving this year after speeding in a school zone.

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