Rapid rail can bring real relief
Recently I spoke with a top new car salesman. He noted that an average of 2,000 vehicles per month (new, used, trucks, vans etc) are registered on the nation's roads.
There must be more than 400,000 vehicles on the roads now — and the traffic congestion is causing serious migraines (and the use of expletives) on a daily basis.
True enough, some major highways like the Point Fortin Highway are under construction and more are in the pipeline. Highways and roads cannot be built overnight to accommodate the daily influx of registered vehicles in this country.
The Government and the Opposition have been trading blows on the feasibility of building the billion-dollar rapid rail system.
At a recent forum held at the South Campus of the National Academy for Performing Arts UTT Prof Winston Suite, in his response to the 2012/2013 budget advocated that the Government should reconsider its position on the introduction of the rapid rail project.
That billion-dollar project was stopped when the new Government assumed power in 2010, a decision which according to Prof Suite was "not a wise developmental move".
We should heed the advice of the learned engineering professor or else soon we will be forced to conduct Trinidad and Tobago's business on the nation's roads.