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for 06TH AUGUST, 2015
Neither the rapid rail proposal
of the PNM nor the light rail pro-
posal of the PP will solve T&T s
transportation woes, says Dr Rae
Furlonge, traffic and transport
In fact Furlonge, in an interview
with the T&T Guardian, has
accused both sides of simply using
"sexy terms" to insult the intel-
ligence of the citizens.
Furlonge asked: "Why are we
not challenging the politicians?" adding that T&T sorely lacked
proper management of the transport system.
It was during the PNM s political meeting in Four Roads, Diego
Martin, on Tuesday night that Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley
said the PP Government had intended to construct a billion dollar
mass light transit rail system from City Gate in Port-of-Spain to
However, he said, the project was stopped when ILP political
leader Jack Warner left the Government.
Furlonge said some 600,000 people, half from along the
East/West Corridor, used public transport during peak hours
He described the rapid rail as a high speed travelling at about
120 miles an hour while the light rail was opposite, going at some
40 miles an hour.
"You don t solve a traffic problem with a transportation solution.
We need to manage our existing system by finding ways to make
it more attractive and safe," Furlonge said, adding there was the
absence of an incentive for people to park their cars voluntary
and instead use public transport.
Security, Furlonge added, was another fundamental issue to
entice people to use public transport as a high proportion of
people using public transport were women and children.
He said the increase in the number of cars to 800,000 today
was the result of an approach towards car ownership but limited
development in the sphere of public transport.
"Where will Government find the funds to operate and maintain
the existing and future road system, the proposed train system
and the current and future public bus system?" Furlonge asked.
Furlonge has long questioned the effectiveness of rapid rail.
"Rapid rail uses electricity, so what would happen if there is
a major power outage as occurred midday for several hours in
Port-of-Spain on January 16, 2007?
Rapid rail would be Government-owned so what would happen
if either of the unions representing the suppliers of natural gas,
or the distribution of electricity, or the workers operating the
railway system were to go on an industrial strike; or if the same
union represented all three?"
"In addition to poor performance in planning and goal-setting,
no government has ever been strong in maintenance and man-
"Will our culture suddenly adjust so that operational costs
would be in line with developed countries?" Furlonge had ques-
Transport engineer on traffic proposals
Rail won't solve congestion
From the Editor-in-Chief
On Tuesday night in Diego Martin,
Opposition Leader Keith Rowley
spoke at length about rapid rail but,
surprisingly, he spent a lot of time on the
defensive, given the importance of offering
transport solutions to a country choked daily
Dr Rowley seemed more intent on proving
that, contrary to the UNC s claim that it was
a "vanity project" on his part, it was a scheme
that they had actively considered.
Clearly the Rowley s Rapid Rail to
Nowhere stunt fronted by the somewhat
miscast Vasant Bharath had gotten under Dr
Rowley s skin, to judge both by the strength
and length of the defence.
The dapper Dr Bharath is no one s idea of
a hatchet man, except, it seems, the UNC s
Yet, here he was, playing with an old train
and a cardboard cutout Keith Rowley in
engine driver overalls. The UNC s very own
Rowley The Tank Engine. Dr Bharath had
the good grace to look mildly sheepish about
UNC campaign manager Rodney Charles
then ensured that the serious issue was ren-
dered less so, by dragging it further into the
political weeds, suggesting that UNC Public
Enemy Number Two Jack Warner had col-
luded with Dr Rowley, and again trotting out
the sophomoric "Gruesome Twosome" insult.
The Trinidad and Tobago public deserves
better. We deserve specifics, plans, answers,
on what you intend to do---in the short,
medium, and long term---about a problem
that is barrelling towards unsustainable. This
issue is too serious for political table ten-
We want you the public to have your say.
Tell our leaders why it s important to come
up with transport fixes and tell us how you
can play your part.
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See Editorial on Page A24
Time for parties
to get serious
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