THE EDITOR, Sir:
Following, as it does, on the heels of the recently announced increase in bus fares, I was delighted to read of the proposed intention to introduce a park-and-ride programme for Portmore.
When I occupied a position as a government employee, I encouraged such a move, going as far as taking the bus myself.
I went even further in my proposal than limiting it to Portmore, in that I believe that park areas should be at all entry points to the city, viz Constant Spring, Ferry and Harbour View. Further, a fairly large percentage of motorists in the Corporate Area who drive to work do not return to their cars until the time for going home.
Such a move would increase the volume of passengers on the bus and, thereby, obviate the need for an increase in fares. The main segment of the motoring public, which may, at first, not be persuaded to this park-and-ride recourse, is the parents who drop off their children at school.
As schoolchildren represent a large percentage of the fare-paying public, a survey could be done geared to providing buses at specific times (morning and afternoon), which would transport students only on routes that would incorporate as many schools as possible.
In other words, as Kingston expands daily, and we have no foreseeable plans for building subways, we have to move with the times. Avoiding the threatened gridlock will increase the number of individuals who can be transported in one vehicle.
HOWARD HAMILTON, CD
Duke Street, Kingston