I am writing to express my deep concern about the state of public transportation services in parts of our country.
It is disheartening to witness the persistently poor quality of our public transportation system, which negatively impacts the lives of countless residents.
The unreliability and inefficiency of public transportation have become a daily struggle for many commuters. Delays, cancellations, and breakdowns have become routine occurrences, causing significant disruptions to people’s schedules and affecting their ability to fulfill work and personal commitments.
The lack of punctuality and consistency in service is not only inconvenient but also detrimental to the overall productivity and well-being of our community.
Moreover, the inadequate coverage and frequency of routes leave large portions of the city underserved. This disproportionately affects individuals who rely on public transportation as their primary mode of commuting, especially those who cannot afford personal vehicles.
Residents in outlying areas are particularly affected, facing long wait times and limited options for reaching essential destinations like schools, hospitals, and workplaces.
The condition of the vehicles themselves is another matter of concern. Aging and poorly maintained buses not only contribute to environmental pollution but also pose safety risks to passengers.
The need for an upgrade in the public transportation fleet is urgent, not only for the sake of efficiency but also for the well-being of those who depend on these services.
I am happy to hear that in the Government’s Budget Speech for 2024 they promised to prioritise the improvement of our public transportation system.
Investments in modernising the fleet, expanding coverage, and enhancing the overall system are crucial steps toward providing a reliable and efficient public transportation network.
Additionally, a comprehensive review of existing policies and procedures should be conducted to identify and address the root causes of the persistent issues.
A well-functioning public transportation system is not only a convenience but a cornerstone of a thriving and interconnected community. By addressing the current deficiencies in our public transportation services, we can contribute to a more sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future for our country.
It is my hope that this letter serves as a catalyst for meaningful dialogue and action on this critical issue. Together, we can work towards a public transportation system that truly meets the needs of all residents.
Grenada Transformation Agency Inc.