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first_img 15 Views   no discussions LocalNews Bus stop on Cork Street, Roseau removed as a safety measure. by: – April 11, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! The bus stop on Cork Street, Roseau as of Friday April 9th, 2011 has been removed by the Dominica Police Force, Traffic Department as a safety caution for pedestrians, and passengers as construction is taking place in close proximity of the bus stop.On Friday morning several bus operators were alarmed when they sought to allow passengers to disembark from the bus and were informed by Police Officers that they could not do so.Dominica Vibes News spoke to several bus operators, who expressed annoyance at the removal of the bus stop because they were not formally informed and the Traffic Department did not meet with them to discuss the matter.ASP Ms. Alexander Traffic DepartmentIn an exclusive interview with ASP Alexander of the Traffic Department, Dominica Vibes News learnt that there were several public announcements on all three radio stations namely; Dominica Broadcasting Co-operation (DBS), Kairi Fm and Q95FM which she heard herself, and also visited the bus stop to inform bus operators of the change.The Traffic Department also attempted to hold a meeting with the bus operators but this was not successful.“In relation to the bus stop at Cork Street that was removed, so Cork Street is no longer a bus stop it is no longer an area where buses can stop to put down or pick up passengers. That move became necessary in light of construction works that is taking place at the location, and we thought it necessary to remove the bus stop from that location in light of the hazard and the risk that would be placed not only for the buses but in particular for the pedestrians and passengers who would be in the area awaiting transportation.”This removal of the bus stop was also done to avoid some of the congestion that would result particularly during rush hours; early in the morning when persons are trying to get to work and during lunch time when students are coming from school.The displaced buses have the option to use the bus stand between the E. C. Loblack bridge and the West bridge and allow passengers to embark and disembark as it is normally empty and free of congestion during rush hours. “For the time being we are allowing the final stop if somebody must get into the commercial part of the City to be the bus stop on Independence Street (Lagoon). We are monitoring how that is going to because we recognize that it seems to be creating a problem and if  the bus drivers are unwilling to regulate themselves, it may also become necessary to consider what are the other options in relation to that stop.”Dominicans are becoming considerably more motorized and not willing to park on the outskirts of the Roeau and walk to avoid the unncessary congestion. However, this may very well become reality if the bus operators do not show more due care an attention driving through the city.The Traffic Department may have to consider implementing one bus stand between the E. C. Loblack Bridge and the West Bridge where passengers would embark and disembark as opposed to several smaller bus stops within the city.ASP Alexander also confirmed that the removal of the bus stop on Cork Street was the decision of the Traffic Department and not of the Cabinet ministers nor the government, “the Traffic Act makes provision for the Comissioner of Police who is the licencing authority to make decisions regarding the traffic signs in the city, to make decisions regarding road signs generally and decisions like these are normally taken by the Commisioner of Police as the Traffic Commissioner.”Ms. Alexander reieterated that the decision was made by the Traffic Department, based on the safety risk for pedestrians and passengers as well as to assist other motor operators who commute through that area on a daily basis and often subjected to an unnecssary long line of traffic congestion.In the past the Traffic Department has made allowance for property owners who are constructing or renovating by allowing them part of the side walk for fencing.This was recently done on Cork Street to facilitate the construction of the new Perkies Pizza location and the same courtesy is being extended the the property owners on Cork Street.The difference is that the bus stop on Cork Street is right in front of the property where construction is taking place and so the removal became a necessity.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_imgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa is going to have a tough time convincing homeowners in the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere in the city that more than doubling trash-collection fees is a good idea. For decades, free trash collection was a sacred cow in Los Angeles – the one benefit ordinary people got while city officials and their pals looted the treasury. Streets, sidewalks and sewers were allowed to rot and police services to deteriorate even as city employees, developers and contractors got rich. Then, at the first sign reform was taking hold, City Hall imposed a small “equipment” charge for the new trash cans for recycling. Next, officials raised the fee sharply. And now the mayor wants to jack up the $11-a-month fee by $17 over four years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventVillaraigosa swears every cent raised will go for the one thing just about everybody wants: more cops; 1,000 more. But even this popular mayor is going to have a tough time convincing the Valley. Look at it this way: More than half of those Valley residents voted to secede from the city. The primary reason was that for all the tax revenue the middle-class Valley sent to City Hall, it received a disproportionately low share of services. To many, it seemed like all the Valley got out of the deal was “free” trash hauling. Now Villaraigosa wants to take that away and make homeowners pay dearly for hauling away their trash. He swears he’s going to resist city unions’ demands for whopping pay increases. He insists he’s going to be a fiscal conservative, demand efficiency and accountability throughout City Hall and deliver “a more responsive government.” And he promises that the Valley will get a fair share of the extra cops, especially in the higher crime areas. At the moment, Villaraigosa offers no guarantee other than his word. That’s not good enough, because political promises too often are broken, and there are plenty of people who have access to the ultimate $127.5 million siphoned into the general fund. Most notably, the 15 members of the City Council. If this plan seems terribly familiar, that’s because it is. Three years ago, Mayor James Hahn proposed raising the trash fee from $6 to $11 a month to hire 320 new cops. After a protracted fight, the full council soundly rejected Hahn’s plan. But members kept that $5-a-month fee hike all the same, and squandered it in their usual manner. Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton makes a strong case for more cops and the need for a dedicated revenue stream to get them. Crime is down and his credibility is up, so he’s worth listening to. The problem is City Hall has betrayed the people time and again. The same people who have thrived at the public trough for so long are circling City Hall again. So for the mayor to even stand a chance for serious consideration of his plan, he needs to provide firm benchmarks on city spending, on employee salary and benefits costs, on adding officers. And he needs to firm up his commitment to end the use of Sunshine Canyon Landfill and make every community, including downtown, pay its fair share for city services. Without those guarantees, it will be a tough sell indeed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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