By Joseph Toe, LINA
MONROVIA, July 10 2015 (LINA) -The Ministry of Transport is making plans to introduce three additional transport systems as alternatives to ease the constraints facing commuters in Monrovia.
Disclosing this in an interview with the Liberia News Agency Friday, Deputy Transport Minister Bushuban Keita identified the new systems as a light rail, water taxi and ocean-going vessel that would help and improve transportation in the city.
A light rail is an urban form of public transport often using rolling stock similar to a tramway, but operating primarily along exclusive rights-of-way and having vehicles capable of operating as a single tramcar or as multiple units coupled together to form a train.
According to Keita, the light rail will pick commuters from designated stations and roll around the swamps of Monrovia, while the water taxi will ply the Montserrado River and the ocean-going vessel will be confined to the Atlantic Ocean.
He indicated the project is still in its planning stage after which the ministry will contract a consultant to do the feasibility study.
The study will take into consideration the possibility of the project, its profitability and environmental implications and other needs as well as impact, he added.
He noted that all arrangements are expected to be completed this budget term for implementation in the next fiscal budget.