by DAVANDRA BABB davandrababb@nationnews. com
ALL IS NOT WELL at the new Constitution River Terminal for some public service vehicle (PSV) operators.
Yesterday, those who ply the 3D routes, travelling to the airport, pumped the brakes on work because they were unhappy with lane assignments in the justopened facility.
Just after 11 a.m., they were asked to leave the terminal by police after they had decided to park their vehicles. They lined up along Nursery Drive and vented their frustrations.
A few other operators from other routes joined in solidarity after agreeing that the assignment of lanes was a serious issue that needed rectifying.
Fabian Wharton, who spoke on the behalf of the 3D folk, said the lane assignments had placed them at a serious disadvantage, so they decided to park until they had a meeting with a representative from the Transport Authority.
“You have the Sam Lord’s Castle buses loading right next to the 3D. So if a person would usually get a 3D van and go to the airport and connect on another vehicle to get to wherever they are going to, they aren’t going to do that now because they see the Sam Lord’s Castle and they will get out the 3D. So you have a situation where a 3D van has in eight or nine people, they would get out and then we end up with none,” he explained.
Wharton said he recognised the issue last Saturday at the official opening and was disappointed to see nothing had changed.
“I spoke to the director about it and he told me they would look at everything, and then relook for the beginning of the school term and then they would make some changes. But I have seen no changes at all. I would have sent messages to the powers that be hoping that they would take a look at it, because the guys are genuinely concerned,” he said.
Wharton warned they would remain parked until they had a meeting with a representative from the Transport Authority.
“All we want is someone to hear us out. All they have to do is some switching with the lanes; that’s where the concern is.”
Chairman of the Association of Public Transport Operators, Morris Lee, who met briefly with the operators outside the terminal, said what was needed was an adjustment in lane assignments.
“All it really requires is the switching of one lane so they would be more visible, because essentially the commuters they usually move can’t see them because of where they are located. A shift is all that’s needed. I believe that would go a long way in solving the problem rather than creating contention,” he added.
Lee noted the issues being experienced were expected with any new facility.
“In any new roll-out you would have issues. The objective is to iron out the issues and to make the transition as smooth as possible.”
When contacted last night, chairman of the Transport Authority, Ian Estwick, said they were looking into the matter.
FABIAN WHARTON (front right) and other PSV operators venting their frustrations to a representative from the Transport Authority.