This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.
Dear Dr. Rowley
Congratulations on your 26th month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Recent activities have caused me to reflect deeply on the inappropriate use of the Priority Bus Route (PBR). (My running group has been training on the PBR.)
Here are 4 situations which need urgent attention:
- Private citizens have encroached on the road reserve and built buildings, garages, walkways, businesses and in one case an attractive 5 ft hedge. It means that they are using the PBR to access their homes and businesses. This simply adds to the congestion problem along the east/west corridor.
- There is very little policing on the PBR so drivers use it as their private race track. (I have witnessed this several times on either Saturday or Sunday mornings from 5:00 am.)
- Maxi drivers routinely wait at traffic lights for passengers causing obstruction at intersections.
- The arrival of a PTSC bus at any stop is like a suspense movie. An easy fix would be the development of an “Ap” or installation of signs at the bus stops advising commuters of the arrival of the next bus even if it is in an hour. This will be of tremendous value to our “over 60” citizens who choose public transportation.
Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications