Traffic woes impact productivity
Can someone please tell me when the traffic woes in Trinidad will end?
Mr Minister, traffic management specialists, private traffic experts, can someone step forward and help?! From Sunday to Sunday, yes, even on Sundays! No longer can one say they are going for a family leisure drive on Sundays; those days are long gone.
Today, drivers and passengers are faced with the horrors of travel every day, either on the Eastern Main Road, east-, west- or south-bound highways. It’s any wonder when we get to the job we are aggravated, angry and intolerant.
The impact on our productivity is great; we take a longer time to settle down. If a survey were conducted, the percentage would be high for people’s emotions—ergo, being irritable and lethargic due to the negative impact of being in arduous traffic.
In most developed countries, carpooling has being tried and tested and the results are favourable. But can we introduce carpooling? How effective would this system be, considering how selfish we are when it comes to our cars, especially our high-end vehicles? Maybe we need to change school and work hours. Why should we all work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.? Why can’t public offices open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.?
I have read there are plans to extend the east-bound highway from Valencia to Sangre Grande—but the solution is not really more roads, but minimising the number of cars being imported to our shores.
The proliferation of the used-car dealerships and the ineffective legislation to curb this trend have seen more cars on the roads. This is why mass transit, like a light rail system, is one other solution to help with the myriad vehicles on the roads.
So while we sweat, grind our teeth and endure the traffic woes, remember that if we are not willing to change the status quo, we will feel the anguish of traffic jams until someone in authority comes up with a viable solution.