Transport in Trinidad and Tobago

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Trinidad and Tobago, a Caribbean country which relies heavily on industrialisation and tourism, has various different transport systems. Trinidad is the larger island, with a business-oriented economy and the seat of the country's government and Piarco International Airport, the country's major airport. A smaller number of international flights from fly directly to Tobago's Crown Point Airport. There is also a small airfield name Camdem Airfield in Couva.mainly used for cropdusting planes.

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Public Transport

Public transport is provided by a government-run bus service (known as the Public Transport Service Corporation, or PTSC), privately owned mini-buses (locally known as maxi-taxis), as well as privately owned cars. Maxi-taxis and some cars carry passengers along fixed routes for a fixed fare, although cars are slightly more expensive for similar routes carried by maxi-taxis because of their much smaller passenger capacities. Travellers can also negotiate with car taxi drivers to go "off-route" for short distances for an additional charge if one's destination is not exactly on the car taxi's route. Car taxis are not allowed to utilise the Priority Bus Route, however, and as such maxi-taxis and buses are preferable for speedily entering and exiting the cities (especially Port of Spain) during rush hour (7am-9am and 4pm-6pm).

In Port of Spain all maxi-taxis and buses heading out of the city are centrally housed in the transportation hub known as "City Gate". In all other locations and for Port of Spain Intra-city transportation, taxi-stands are scattered at various streets of the town or region, and after sunset some of these taxi-stands may change location, although this changed location is also fixed. Recently there has also been a growth in popularity of American-style taxi-cabs which do not work along a fixed route and the can be booked for specific times for specific journeys.

Ferry Service

Ferries operate between Port of Spain and Scarborough. Cars can be brought onto the ferries and kept in the cargo areas. Ferries run daily, Sundays to Sunday (less sailings on the weekend). The ferries are inexpensive, in spite of the minimum 2 1/2 - 3 hour travel time between Port of Spain and Scarborough.

Passengers fares are (prices in TT dollars):

Fast Ferry (One Way) Adult: $50 Child: $25 Minor: $0 Fast Ferry (Return) Adult: $100 Child: $50 Minor: $0

Conventional Ferry (One Way) Adult: $37.50 Child: $18.75 Minor: $0 Conventional Ferry (Return) Adult: $75 Child: $37.50 Minor: $0

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