Traffic issue must be solved
I want to bring something to the attention of The Royal Gazette, the Government and the minister of whichever ministry that could give a damn. This is bigger than Lahey Clinic, bigger than the airport, even bigger than the Reverend Nicholas Tweed and Chris Furbert and the America's Cup all put together. This is big.
For 50 years I have driven back and forth into town from the west to the east ... every weekday morning. For the past 30 years, anyone who makes that commute knows that if you leave after 7.30am and, now, almost any time before 8.45am, you are looking at traffic backed up into Warwick along all the main routes into the city. That is when schools are in. When schools are out, there is no, none, absolutely no back-up of traffic. The past few days, I left my house at about 8am and got into my office within 30 minutes.
That is not good ... makes for far too long a day. Seriously, though, it is incredible that the traffic congestion when school is in session versus when it is not goes from a 10 to a 1 on a scale of 1 to 10.
We need to solve this problem. It is absolutely ridiculous in 2017 to have Mommy driving little Johnny like a private chauffeur to school every day.
School buses, privately chartered to go to one or more specific schools, are an option. Public buses and ferries are an option. There has gotta be other alternatives. Why doesn't one or more of the government transport boards consider this problem? Aside from personal traffic unpleasantness, I can assure you that houses rent for less and sell for less in the west because traffic is a factor to consider.
I tell you this is a big issue ... really big.