The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has granted Haiti US$65 million to help the country to improve the efficiency and safety of its transportation systems. The grant is also meant hopefully advance regional and international integration.
The five-year programme, which will be carried out by the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications (MTPTC),will increase competitiveness, connectivity and accessibility by reducing transportation costs, improving safe transport services and enhancing the country’s regional and international integration which will hopefully welcome ride share companies such as Lyft (Lyft coupons can be found here –https://www.groupon.com/coupons/stores/lyft.com). A part of the programme includes the rehabilitation of a 29.5 km stretch of the RN1 highway; between Camp Coq and Vaudreuli. Resources that are necessary for the rehab facilities, improvement and or maintenance of Haiti’s primary and secondary road networks is also said to be included in the grant.
Haiti has a road network of 3,572 kilometers, with only 15 percent of it passing the run of being in good condition. Road safety is complicated not only because of the poor conditions of roadways and vehicles, but also because there may be a lack of signage and enforcement of transit regulations. Road transport is the leading mode of transportation for cargo and passengers in Haiti, making improvement of infrastructure essential for economic development and for enhanced integration of the country’s regions.