Transport Minister calls for improved service from PTSC
Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan has called on the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) to do more to improve its service to the public.
He made the call during a ceremony held at the Ministry’s Port of Spain headquarters yesterday where an agreement for the construction of a CNG fueling station the Port of Spain bus terminal was signed.
Sinanan lamented that the bus service was unreliable as buses often run late and leave commuters stranded.
He said he had received numerous complaints about this.
He added that his vision for the PTSC was to see it as the number one mode of transportation in the country.
However, he said this would not happen if there is no efficiency and reliability of the service. He said the PTSC was currently not delivering this.
Sinanan also called on the PTSC to do proper maintenance of buses to ensure that they are functioning as needed.
The agreement signed yesterday between the Ministry, the PTSC, National Petroleum (NP) and the National Gas Company (NGC) will see a permanent CNG fuelling station being established at the Port of Spain bus terminal.
This is expected to be completed by the end of September at a cost of $10 million.
There is currently a temporary CNG station at the terminal, however, Sinanan said the permanent station would eradicate the need for CNG buses to have to fill up at other inconvenient locations.
He expects the construction of the permanent fuelling station to cut down on service delays and lead to an improvement in the overall service provided by the PTSC.
“The advantage to this is, PTSC should be able to improve on their efficiency,” he said.
“We must get PTSC back to a position where the public will only want to travel with the PTSC service if we have an efficient service operating.”
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