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The Government Campus Plaza---
which will accommodate five state
agencies: Board of Inland Revenue,
Customs and Excise, Ministry of
National Security, Ministry of Legal
Affairs, and the Office of the Attorney
General---is expected to open in 2015,
but the plaza s parkade is already being
filled to capacity.
Last week the Udecott-operated
parking facility---the largest of its kind
in T&T, having 12 floors and 800 park-
ing spots---was forced to close its doors
to daily-paying customers because of
a lack of space.
On Friday, daily parking resumed,
although only temporarily, according
to an employee at the facility.
Transport Minister Stephen Cadiz
and Planning Minister Dr Bhoe Tewarie
say in the short term, the park-and-
ride concept would be reintroduced to
help address the parking crisis, but a
more holistic strategy was being worked
out for the longer term.
In a telephone interview on Friday,
Tewarie said a Cabinet-appointed com-
mittee chaired by Richard Young, chair-
man of the Economic Development
Board, was looking at the devel-
opment of Port-of-Spain and
parking was on the agenda.
"The immediate thing they re
going to address is parking in the
city to allow for Christmas shop-
ping and other matters related to
the park and ride."
Saying parking and traffic man-
agement issues could not be solved
overnight, he added, "A permanent
solution requires thinking things
through, facilitating investment,
and taking into account the logis-
tics having to do with the move-
ment of people and traffic. It is
inevitable that for a longer term
solution many ministries have to
Cadiz said he planned to meet
with the Maxi Taxi Association
and the Public Transport Service
Corporation on resuming the park-
and-ride service and starting a
round-town transport system.
"At the moment maxis are not
allowed in the city and buses only
along certain routes. This creates
a problem because it s difficult to
use public transport when the
service is too far to use. So we re
looking at how maxis and buses
can be used to provide a round-
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If the Port-of-Spain Corporation has its way,
drivers in Port-of-Spain may soon have to "top up"
Deputy Mayor of Port-of-Spain, Keron Valentine,
said the corporation's initiative called "Easy Park"
was a result of years of deliberation and the final
proposal was passed on to the Ministry of Local
However, when contacted, Local Government
Minister Marlene Coudray said she had received
no correspondence from the Port-of-Spain
Corporation about the initiative.
Former mayor Louis Lee-Sing who broached the
idea during his tenure described the initiative,
which, he added, was used in major cities
throughout the world.
"Drivers will have a little electronic unit whereby
they can buy parking minutes and parking will be
allowed on one side of the road. The driver turns
on the unit when he/she is leaving the vehicle and
Parking wardens will check the metre and if the
driver has minutes, the car will be left alone, but if
there are no minutes, the car will be clamped and
Saying only paid parking should be allowed in
the city, he added, "People park and go away for
the whole day. But if they pay a price, they will be
more discerning on how they park."
He said different parking arrangements had to
be made for short-term visitors and people who
work in Port-of-Spain.
"Paid-parking in the city should only be for
short-term motorist parking, these are people
who come to the city to transact business and
just need to park and go.
Public servants park and go away and this
doesn't help. They can park in the savannah and
ride to the place of work."
Lee Sing added for the idea to work optimally,
the entire central business district (downtown
Charlotte, Henry, Frederick, Abercromby Streets)
needed to be pedestrianised.
LOOKING AHEAD---MAKING PARKING IN POS EASY
Parking woes cripple city users
Some of the buildings which comprise the Government Campus Plaza.
Although there were investment
incentives to build more parking
facilities in the city, Cadiz said this
was not the solution.
"The more car parks you build, more
cars will come into the city, leading
to more congestion and this is what
we want to avoid."
Lee Sing agreed, saying there was
enough parking real estate available.
"If something is not working, we
always think we need to build."
"There is no need for additional
parking, but there is a need for an
increased use of available
resources---Queen's Park Savannah
and the stadium. The stadium,
which has a capacity for 1,300 to
1,400 cars, is empty throughout out
"What we need is a more creative
and innovative approach in what we
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Transport Minister Stephen
Cadiz and Planning Minister Dr
Bhoe Tewarie say in the short
term, the park and ride concept
would be reintroduced to help
address the parking crisis, but a
more holistic strategy was being
worked out for the longer term.
Government Campus Plaza Parkade.
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