Transport and infrastructure in JamaicaOur listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Jamaica with the average of all countries in America. The main traffic and transport routes are in good condition, but do not reach the level of the leading industrial nations.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 22,121 km. For each of the country's 2.97 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 7.44 meters. This puts Jamaica in 72nd place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 271 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants on the same or even larger area naturally achieve quite different values here and have to connect remote areas to the transport network despite a smaller population.
With an average of 366 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Jamaica is considered reasonably safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 12.6 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.2 in the USA and 17.1 worldwide.
In Jamaica, left-hand traffic is the rule on the roads, i.e. you drive in the left lane and overtake on the right. Oncoming traffic comes to meet you on the right side. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||22,100 km||7,439.48 km||2,012.83 m|
|Railroads||0 km||0.00 km||0.00 m|
|Waterways||0 km||0.00 km||0.00 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||644,200 km||2,865.26 km||236.78 m|
|Railroads||31,600 km||140.56 km||11.62 m|
|Waterways||9,200 km||40.78 km||3.37 m|
Data sources used• Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
• Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
• CIA Factbook
• OECD Statistics
• Wikipedia (german)