Traffic hell in Harbour View
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The usually traffic-free Harbour View has become a very difficult road to travel each morning. This is mainly attributed to the fact that the police and the Transport Authority are on the route in the mornings doing routine searches.
While I have maximum respect for the work that they do, and in light of the recent abductions taking place, this has left many commuters, including myself, stranded in the mornings. This, as many red-plate taxis and minibuses are afraid of the 'harassment' they may face. Whether this 'harassment' is warranted or not, I really could not care less, as JUTC buses should provide an alternative mode of transportation. However, this is not the case.
The buses on the route, namely, 97 and 99B, run very irregularly. This creates a great problem, as by the time the bus reaches certain stops, it is packed to capacity and will not stop to take on any additional passengers. As a consequence, one reaches work late in the mornings despite making a deliberate effort to leave home earlier than usual.
With all due respect to the company as they try to make super-normal profits, no employer will be pleased with the fact that any employee is arriving at work late at least twice per week. They may be understanding, but even understanding has its limit.
I write as a last resort and as a desperate appeal for the JUTC to put additional buses (97 and 99B) on the route from Bull Bay-Harbour View to downtown Kingston via Windward Road.
SHAWN C. RICHARDS