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Premier: New local access road to relieve Red Bay traffic woes

Premier Alden McLaughlin has said agreement has been reached with Grand Harbour and Davenport Development for a local access road for the Red Bay and Prospect communities to ease traffic woes in the area.

Police vehicles involved in crash

The RCIPS Traffic and Roads Policing Unit launched an investigation Wednesday after two police vehicles were involved in a collision.

Interactive: From sewers and sub-sea cables to prisons and power generation

In a series of stories, journalist James Whittaker takes a look at how population growth affects every aspect of infrastructure in the Cayman Islands.

Destination 100,000: Will Cayman’s growth continue post COVID-19?

COVID-19 may have caused a dip in Cayman's population but the long-term trajectory of the island is one of exponential growth. In a special feature we look at the benefits and the challenges of such rapid growth and ask whether the upward curve will resume in the post COVID-19 world.

UPDATE: Shamrock Road reopens following crash

The eastbound lanes of Shamrock Road have been closed near the Hurley's roundabout following a traffic accident in the area.

Sinkhole appears on South Sound Road

A sinkhole has opened up on South Sound Road, in the vicinity of the Rugby Club grounds.
Commuters were stuck in jams for more than three hours between West Bay and George Town

Traffic gridlock as historic blaze closes highway

Traffic ground to a standstill Monday morning as the landfill fire caused the closure of a large section of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.

The Great Rush Hour Race

Four commuters, four different modes of transport, two routes, one race. Car vs. bike, kayak vs. bus. To conclude our month-long series investigating causes of, and potential solutions to, the island’s traffic troubles, we wanted to challenge the assumption that the car is still the best way to travel in Cayman. So we put it to the test in a rush-hour race.

Electric rides help commuters dodge traffic

From electric scooters to one-wheel e-skateboards, new types of battery powered vehicles are helping a growing number of commuters dodge the traffic.
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Planning to improve traffic flow

As Cayman looks to update its Development Plan for the first time in more than two decades, managing traffic has moved up the list of priorities.

New app for bus passengers

A new smartphone app is making it possible for some passengers to check the location of their bus. Set up by a group of public transport drivers, the K-Bus app has been launched, initially with nine buses.

Bike-share business popular with tourists

Opposite the Westin hotel on West Bay Road, a couple unloads groceries and beach towels from the basket of a distinctive green-and-white bicycle.
Compass journalist James Whittaker unlocks a Zun vehicle at Camana Bay

The car that rents by the minute…

In the plush interior of the Arch Automotive showroom in Camana Bay, I push a button on my smartphone and a map lights up with four ‘Zun’ icons, indicating the location of available vehicles.
Rachel Smyth said the aim of Flex was to make hailing a ride easier, cheaper and swifter. The app is designed to bring transparency to prices and allow people to book and pay for a trip using their smartphones.

Flex close to liftoff, despite challenges

When two young Caymanian entrepreneurs set up transport app, Flex, their vision was to bring an Uber-style service to the Caribbean.

Stuck in traffic? There’s an app for that

At one of Cayman’s biggest businesses, the conversation about congestion is going beyond talk. Dart’s internal innovation unit, known as Dart Labs, is road testing solutions.

Developer aims to cut traffic by cutting journeys

Cayman’s traffic congestion woes are as much about where people live and work as they are about the number of cars they own.

Driving standards a ‘deep concern’

When asked about the driving standards in Cayman I always ask what the questioner personally believes. I have yet to receive a positive response. It is always one of deep concern.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

NRA quick fixes are tied to long-term problem

Projects in the drawing board stage at the National Roads Authority have been kicked into construction mode in recent weeks as the organisation and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service struggle to address a sudden traffic crunch.

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Solutions offered for traffic woes

Infrastructure Minister Joey Hew, at a meeting last week in Bodden Town, outlined a number of short- and long-term solutions being considered to combat the growing traffic problems encountered by motorists from the eastern districts.

Make it stop

Eastern district commuters travelling west during peak traffic times will have to endure long queues for the foreseeable future.

Commuters air woes over traffic

Residents took to Bodden Town Civic Centre Thursday night to vent their frustrations over traffic jams that have gridlocked Grand Cayman in recent weeks. A...

Police take new tack to ease traffic problems

In a bid to alleviate morning commute traffic jams from the eastern districts, police announced that a trial closure of Anton Bodden Drive to westbound traffic will be carried out next week.
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Letter: Headache with South Sound traffic

What’s going on with the South Sound traffic?

Signal to ease Grand Harbour traffic

The National Roads Authority is installing a new traffic signal on South Sound Road in an effort to ease traffic on Crewe Road and Linford Pierson Highway during evening rush hour. The signal is expected to begin operating on 19 Aug.

Letter: Road decongestion suggestion

Grand Cayman, being a small island and all the traffic coming from the same area all at once, and if every employee walks out the door at the same time trying to get home as quickly as possible it’s no wonder that there are traffic jams at the bottleneck areas.

Traffic, building heights dominate public concerns

Traffic congestion and high-density tourism development were among the key concerns highlighted during the consultation period for Cayman’s new development plan.

Letter: Dealing with the traffic gridlock

Following up on the several suggestions for solving our traffic gridlock condition, I would like, first of all, to endorse the government’s decision to finally extend the East End bypass road. Hopefully it will get going sooner rather than getting delayed by the usual government gridlock.

EDITORIAL – Grand Cayman traffic nightmare is about more than imports

It is telling that personal vehicles continue to be the go-to choice for most residents and many visitors, even if it means enduring stop-and-go traffic on logjammed roadways crammed with hundreds of other drivers doing the same.

EDITORIAL – Talking traffic: Are we reaching ‘critical mass’?

It is good to see transportation issues rising to this level of awareness after years of slowly deteriorating conditions.

Letter: Would a bridge over North Sound ease traffic woes?

Well, at the risk of being laughed at, scoffed at, ridiculed by many and condemned by the environmentalists among us, has anyone spared a thought to bridge the North Sound?

Highway extension could help ease rush hour woes

Government plans to proceed with a 10-mile extension of the East-West Arterial Highway from next year, according to Infrastructure Minister Joey Hew.

Letter: Managing downtown traffic flows

In principle, I do not oppose the building of the new cruise terminal, but having worked in George Town for nearly 40 years, I can say that the influx of a large number more cruise passengers to George Town would make the problem of getting to and leaving from work there a complete nightmare.

Mail call: Traffic headaches

There is nothing new about Grand Cayman's traffic problems, but the issue received attention recently in a Compass editorial and two letters to editor - which generated a lot of discussion, themselves. 

Letter: Seek solutions to traffic congestion

Hopefully this will not just create more interest and talk, but start some action toward finding solutions. Quality of life in Cayman should not be allowed to slip!

EDITORIAL – Motorists snarl about event-related traffic snarls

Downtown drivers received an unwelcome surprise last Wednesday when blocked streets caused traffic headaches far surpassing even the usual evening gridlock. The worst part is, the jam was entirely preventable.

Letter: Solving traffic gridlock

This is not about politics or any one group of people, this is about our island home and the comfort we all should live in.

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EDITORIAL: Word on the street: Pedestrians beware – and be careful

While everyone, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorbikers, and car and truck drivers, has a responsibility to “share the road,” the reality is that burden is not shared equally. In any contest between a moving vehicle and the human body, steel always prevails.
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Letter: Concerns about children and safety

I have been to see a Councilor in the Ministry of Education about several issues concerning our schoolchildren that are of great concern to me, and I believe others as well.

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