The morning traffic rush from west of Upolu to Apia has seen some real improvement thanks to the fluorescent lane dividers set up at the Vaimoso traffic lights.
According to the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A), they have received nothing but praises for the initiative.
In a statement, L.T.A. revealed that the initiative was to put a stop to the problematic last-minute switches in lanes by the public in the area.
“The main purpose for the initiative is to avoid last minute diversions of traffic from the outside lane (to Fugalei) into the newly allocated straight-through lanes which will cause chaos and traffic jams,” the statement reads.
L.T.A. added there were no issues during the implementation of the dividers. They also explained that the public has not made any complaints but rather much praise has been sent in regarding the smooth movement of morning traffic and the effectiveness of the dividers.
“Since implementation on the 6th November, 2017, it has been a very positive and successful plan,” the official said.
“The public are the judges and the real satisfied customers of the initiative.”
L.T.A. also affirms the public that more initiatives such as this are being looked at in attempts to improve transport systems in Samoa.
Their statement reads “Our engineers are looking at other problematic areas with traffic issues to alleviate the ongoing traffic jams elsewhere in the country.”
L.T.A. thanks the public for the support shown during the implementation process.
“The Board of Directors and Authority appreciates the public’s relentless patience, understanding and support which contributed to the successful implementation of this milestone.”
According to Keti Toleafoa Loto, who issued a Facebook review on the lane dividers, the initiative by L.T.A. has definitely shown some positive development in relation to smooth movement of traffic.
“Congratulations and thank you for all your good work.
“I remember seeing and noticing the heavy traffic jams in the area, especially in the mornings. I now see this positive change in regards to lessening that traffic jam.”