Bus Cancellations Set To Continue Tomorrow

March 4, 2015

The cancellation of bus runs continue, with the Department of Public Transportation providing the list of bus service cancellations for tomorrow – Thursday, March 5th.

The cancellations have been an ongoing issue lately, with Transport Minister Shawn Crockwell explaining that, “The Department of Public Transport currently has 10 bus operators who are out on long term sick leave and the service has been further impacted by operators out sick during this cold and flu season. In addition, the department has implemented a ban on overtime and the combination of these factors is impacting the scheduling of bus runs.”

The list, as provided by the Department, is below:

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  1. Ed Bellegarde says:

    This is NOT helping Bermuda. I have
    heard that if it continues many folks
    will not continue to vacation in Bermuda.
    That would really be sad, You have such
    a beautiful country with much to offer.

    • somuchless says:

      You just made that up. So stop adding fuel to the fire.

  2. WTF says:

    PRIVATIZE!

    • Sky Pilot says:

      There is a growing number of people that want the Bus service privatized.
      It’s long past time the PTP /biu stranglehold is broken up.

  3. D says:

    No school smh

  4. Tough Love says:

    There are bus drivers willing to do these routes for straight pay. Why isn’t the ministry letting them work?

  5. D says:

    no buses ill just stay in my bed no school 4 me

    • Tasha Fasha Masha says:

      @D, you need school but the look of things.

  6. Ty says:

    I have seen numerous “driver in training” buses up and down for the last couple of days. Hopefully this won’t go on for too much longer.

  7. chip says:

    That’s how u feel Mr.crockwell ?

  8. Furlough says:

    Also making this hard are the furlough days – the drivers are still having to complete furloughs for March so those out do not have there runs going too. just pay straight time to those that want to work!

  9. Bermyman says:

    Can we have a referendum on Privatization?

  10. got brains? says:

    you should have to do an IQ test for any future government elections. That way, if you are too stupid to vote sensibly, your dumb vote cannot vote in a stupid party who will ruin our island!

    Sadly, a whole bunch of stupid people voted for the stupid party and now our whole island is stupid. DERP DE DERP!

    Can’t fix stupid can you?

    But you can make it law to pass an IQ test before voting!

    Must have IQ of at least 100 to vote.
    Not the average of 85 that most of our population seems to have!

    Stupidity cannot see mistakes, only wise intelligence can. That is why stupid people never see how stupid they or their choices are!

    DERP DE DERP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Creamy says:

      And there is the problem. Totally unable to link this with the people got us here.

    • Dees says:

      Absolutely right GB! You are right on the money there.Their 14 years of fumbling have put us on a collision course with reality. The busses , recycling centre, ag show, fleeing ib. All due to incompetence and could’nt care less attitudes.Hopefully the 100+ IQ people of whom you speak can somehow save whats left – but its going to be slow and painful. Its how life works in the real world.

  11. D says:

    this island is going down hill

    • Sickofantz says:

      But the busses arn’t! (Or up de hill).

  12. Ride says:

    I’m hoping that the mechanics are making use of these cancellations to get ahead in the maintenance and repair schedules. I’ve seen a couple of downed buses in the West over the past couple of weeks.

    Ride

  13. Gombey Liberation Partier says:

    If the problem is due to lack of bodies to sit in the seats and from a safety standpoint, I am surprised people are making such comments. You reach a tipping point for safety having the remaining drivers do more and more hours in a day, they will end up exhausted.

    That lack of rest will lead to more accidents and incidents as well as possible more sickness as they get burned out. I wouldn’t want to be or have my children on a bus where the driver is exhausted or the bus not maintained.

    It appears the cancellations have been thought out so as not to drastically impact the commuters and some of the school runs overlap regular service, which will still be available for the students to use.

    People need to remember the service runs from 6am until midnight. Privatization may have a more negative impact by reduction in service if they cannot afford to pay overtime or sustain the existing schedule or to maintain the fleet…no guarantee it will solve the shortage in drivers due to sickness.

    • Creamy says:

      The drivers are sitting at home pretending to be “sick”.
      They should get off their a**** and go to work.

  14. Charlly X says:

    Smh !! Its the a Same all around !! Blue collar works longer hours less income higher deductions = hard times !!!

  15. Rasta says:

    This island is going down the tubes. The new govt has no balls!

  16. MAKE MY DAY says:

    The BIU / PLP partnership will be the “death-of-the-Island” eventually!! Some of you locals had better learn how to “fish-or-farm”… Because eventually there will be NO more tourists and the IB sector will get so frustrated with these conditions – that they shall look for “greener pastures” and find them as well!!

    Hubert Smith was certainly right about BDA being another world!!

  17. stunned... says:

    speedy recovery to the drivers and …poor Bermuda (figuratively and literally.)

  18. Cow Polly says:

    This is but a glance into the future. The Government is broke and the suggestion of continued furlough days was rejected by the Unions. Well the Government is still broke so its got to reduce expenses elsewhere. We, the public, better get used to reduced services and the Government workers better get used to not expecting overtime to supplement their salaries. Next will be one trash pick up instead of two per week.

    • Dees says:

      Absolutely Cow Polly, Everyone will need to adapt to the new normal. No money means no money.The sooner we all realise that, the sooner we can begin to heal. Lots more cutting to come… But there are still people who think the world it flat so lets move on with those that get it.

  19. Will says:

    This has zero to do with flu season. If there is a terrible illness going around that has forced half an entire work force out why wasn’t there any heads up for flu put out this year. Every year there has been but not this year and suddenly everyone is sick? I don’t buy it one bit and it stinks of vengeance.