Whilst there are a significant number of buses in need of repair at the Transport Board, bus availability has now increased from 65 to 92 for the benefit of the travelling public, as efforts continue to overhaul and improve the local transportation system.
Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance, Dr. William Duguid acknowledged efforts to improve the offerings of the Transport Board as well as its facilities, during a tour of the Board’s Weymouth, St. Michael Headquarters yesterday, which was followed by a tour of the Fairchild Street, River and Princess Alice Terminals. The Minister was accompanied by Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance, Peter Phillips; Transport Board Chairman Gregory Nicholls; Acting General Manager of the Transport Board, Felicia Sue and other officials.
“What is clear firstly from the Transport Board side of things, is that we have a significant number of buses that are in need of repair. That is obviously an urgent thing that we have to attend to. We have now got our bus availability up to 92, as the Chairman has reported to me. It used to be in the early 60s and 70s and now I am very happy that we have our bus availability up to 92. Our target is to reach 179,” Duguid told members of the media.
“When school starts back, I am reliably informed that they will get it back up to 105 buses available and this is absolutely important for us in the next few weeks, so that we can get the buses on the road, so our school children can get to school on time and also get home on time,” he added.
Having toured the Transport Board and having witnessed firsthand the number of buses in need of repair, the Minister acknowledged that systems are being put in place to address this key issue and attention is also being placed on improving conditions in the various bus terminals.