This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.
Dear Prime Minister,
In your 21st month in office I wish to continue along the theme of Transportation.
I found the following bits of information on the IDB website where the “IDBG Country Strategy with the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago 2016-2020” is published and have lifted them verbatim for your consideration:
- Estimated cost of time lost and fuel spent due to congestion is US$267- 345 million per year.
- IDB Analysis of Mass Transit Alternatives in Trinidad and Tobago prepared in 2016 found that the Western corridor is 8km long and it takes as much as 36 minutes to reach POS; on the Eastern Corridor POS to Sangre Grande is 45 km long and could take up to 2 hours to commute; and, on the Southern Corridor POS to San Fernando is 45 km long and could take as much as 2 hours to commute.
- The National Climate Change Policy (2011) indicates that carbon dioxide emissions have doubled from 1990 levels of 1,313 Gg to 2,622 Gg in 2006, and highlights that this rising trend correlates with the increase in the number of registered vehicles from 150,000 to 275,000 over the same period.
These 3 facts rang alarm bells in my head and I wonder why despite your full knowledge of this, your government seems to be adopting the business as usual policy to the issue of transportation.
I once again suggest that you appoint a multi disciplinary committee including urban planners and young change makers to present modern solutions to our transportation issues. Taking this action will address 3 issues: congestion on the roads, reduction in commute time and vehicular congestion on the roads.
It will also add some credibility to your campaign trail commentary about “transportation being a quality of life issue”.
Yours for our country!
Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Comm