Sunday 18 November, 2018

Chaguanas/Sando maxis relocated to Short St

Chaguanas maxis in queue at their temporary location at Short Street, San Fernando

Chaguanas maxis in queue at their temporary location at Short Street, San Fernando

Green band maxi taxis have been temporarily relocated from St James Street to Short Street in San Fernando.

San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello made the announcement on Friday as part of a solution to traffic congestion in the city.

The San Fernando City Corporation altered the route of allowing vehicles to enter High Street from St James Street, with a recommendation that this section of Penitence Street be converted into a two-way traffic lane, allowing traffic to enter and exit High Street.

The public has been invited to submit their comments on these changes.

Green band maxis run the San Fernando to Chaguanas/Chaguanas to San Fernando route.  

President of the Route 3 Maxi Taxi Drivers’ Association Julien St George told LoopTT the City Corporation initially suggested King’s Wharf as a temporary location, however, the Association rejected the proposal on the basis that the area is known for crime and raised concerns for the safety and security of commuters, as they would have to trek further to get to the maxi taxi stand.  

Short Street was then chosen as a temporary location.

St George said while the move is not ideal, the maxi taxi operators are willing to make it work.

“We expressed our reluctance and presented reasons why, and we were subsequently relocated to Short Street. It is not perfect, but it is a better choice than the Wharf.

So far, we have cooperated in relocating to Short Street.”

“We are willing to make it work at this location. Sometimes when you move into a new environment, it might not be 100 percent, but we are willing to work with the City Corporation.”

“They have their reasons why they wanted St James Street for the new traffic plan,” he added.

St George noted that they were not consulted on the move, which moves them even further away from the catchment area of Upper High Street, Library Corner.

He’s appealing with the Mayor to carry out the necessary consultation with stakeholders to ensure that there is no disruption in service.