St Thomas transportation dilemma

Published: Saturday | December 8, 2012 Comments 0
The multimillion-dollar bus park in downtown Kingston is often a ghost town.
The multimillion-dollar bus park in downtown Kingston is often a ghost town.

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am a concerned and disgruntled citizen from the parish of St Thomas. I'm positively sure I'm not the only one feeling angry about the matter I'm about to discuss, but others just won't speak up, so I will.

Regarding our transportation dilemma that we've been encountering for the longest while, it's getting even more atrocious, and I strongly believe it is high time some measures be taken to improve the situation.

Between Monday, November 26 and Tuesday, November 27, 2012, a vast number of buses were seized on the St Thomas to Kingston route by members of the Transport Authority and the Jamaica Constabulary Force, leaving the residents of St Thomas scattered across East Queen Street and Hanover Street.

I have been made to understand that there is a bus park by Water Lane, where shuttle bus services are provided there. But by way of information, at certain hours of the evening, you will not find shuttle buses to take persons to the bus park. Surely, it cannot be expected of people to walk these lonely, dark roads to get buses to go home.

At times, you'll find people walking from downtown to South Camp Road in order to get a bus that they can ride home comfortably in. However, it's not a guarantee that this route is always going to be safe, because we're entering the festive season and this is the time that robbers present themselves and try to harm people.

The police and other security personnel are not always present to ensure our safety. People are challenged with different health issues, especially the elderly, and I don't think it's fair or even right to have these people walk such distance to get transportation.

How can one treat human beings like animals? Well, we the citizens of St Thomas are declaring that that's the treatment we've been receiving. Because of the seizure of buses on our routes, we have had to be travelling to various destinations like hogs and goats. This is not acceptable. Because we're a docile set of people, we just carry on with things, but we can take no more.

The minister of transport and works, Omar Davies; the minister of national security, Peter Bunting; and the prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, need to start putting some rational thinking into this situation and make the necessary adjustments.

Stop treating us, the people of St Thomas, as if we are less fortunate.

NATALIE MIGNOTT

Knightsville District, Yallahs, St Thomas

natalie_mignott@yahoo.com

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