Pink Route Ferry Cancelled Until Further Notice

April 25, 2015

The Department of Marine and Ports this morning [April 25] said they would like to advise the general public that the Pink Route ferry that services Warwick and Paget has been cancelled until further notice.

A spokesperson said, “Please note the following ferry cancellation. The Pink Route Warwick/Paget ferry is cancelled until further notice”.

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    Enough of this nonsense. PRIVATISE!

    • mixitup says:

      Automatically assumes it’s labour related and the laborer in the wrong….smh

      • hmmm says:

        Burt suggested to privatise public transport in 2011, so the PLP must be in agreement. Why not privatise it?

      • jt says:

        No it doesn’t. ..not at all.

    • MAKE MY DAY says:

      BIU / PLP monopoly will NEVER let that happen…Especially with ALL those “sick days” and other benefits at stake!! They have it “too good” under the present system!!

  2. Micro says:

    Cancelled why?

  3. San George says:

    If it gets privatized service will be reduced, fares will increase, wages and benefits will decline. Careful what you wish for.

    Quo Fata Ferunt

    • Family Man says:

      Not true.

      The Hong Kong Metro is privately run (you can buy the shares on the Hong Kong exchange). They are widely considered the most efficiently run metro system in the world, with a 2013 on-time performance of 99.9%. It’s fast, inexpensive, safe and reliable.

      The same company also runs train and metro systems, profitably, in other counties, including Sweden and England.

      • WhistleBlower says:

        Really and the population in these countries add up to how many commuters? The ferry service here is not always based on need but rather convenience and pleasure.

        Yeah privatisation is great when a service is ESSENTIAL not an option

        • Zevon says:

          So you disagree with Burt then.

        • Family Man says:

          I agree the ferry service here (like most of the government services) is not always based on need, but rather convenience and pleasure. Unfortunately, in Bermuda it’s the convenience and pleasure of the operators that determines the service.

          If it’s privatized it can be setup for the convenience and pleasure of the customers. A much better solution.

      • MAKE MY DAY says:

        I bet they do NOT get 16 weeks paid “sick time” and ALL the other “benefits” – that the BIU “intimidated” the Gov’t for – over the years!!

    • Bermy says:

      Thats false, if it is privatized it has to run at a profit so services would likely increase along with care and repairs of capital infrastructure. Only make money when its moving!

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Who says service gets reduced? Who says fares go up? It would still be Government subsidized.

      You are darned right staff sizes & benefits get reduced. No more bloated size of management or overcrewed boats getting absurd benefits.

      • WhistleBlower says:

        Shut up with you dysfunction please!! Sick of the same rhetoric spewing from your gob!!!

        • Triangle Drifter says:

          WHOOOOPS! Stepped on a few toes did I?

          Too bad. At the taxpayer funded feeding trough are you? Privatization would cost you a job maybe?

          • MAKE MY DAY says:

            @Drifter… Obviously some people NEED to get out into the REAL world and they might learn a few things – if they take their “blinders” off!! There again – some locals are so BIASED that they will NOT accept any changes – even if their future depended on it – and it does!!

            They will learn the very difficult “hard-way”!!

    • MAKE MY DAY says:

      If it gets “privatized” – then the only way is UP!! Bermuda’s crazy BIU system would NEVER work or be accepted in the REAL world!! Travel around the globe a little and you might learn a thing-or-two!!

  4. Common Cents says:

    Why?

  5. Confused says:

    How could it get any worse when brother Furball calls his mates out on their weekly moan?

  6. Onion Seed says:

    The route should be operated by Tourism rather than being the lost child, end of the $, of M&P budget.
    Years ago taking thevround trip on the lunch break was what making living here special. The route is a treasure.

    • Varied says:

      I don’t think having it run (and promoted by) the Tourism Authority would be feasible, frankly. Mainly locals commute on this route, but it’s likely hemorrhaging money galore, between salaries and maintenance.

      • Peter N Cooper says:

        These boats are old and need to be maintained on a regular schedule which I guess hasn’t happened in the last 10 years.

        • MAKE MY DAY says:

          I wonder why???

        • Varied says:

          They are very old, and probably needed to be replaced. Now we’re stuck with these hulks, unless they finally croaked.

  7. stevie says:

    Public transportation is a joke. Bus cancellations first, now the ferry situation. Then we always hear the comment ” we are sorry to inconvenience the public”. Time to privatise the public transport.

    • MAKE MY DAY says:

      Look to your OBA Gov’t to “fix” the problems!! That’s why you voted them into power!! Tell Dunkley and the rest of the OBA to put-on their “big-boy” pants and do some GOVERNING!!

  8. overboardhope says:

    Public transport is in a shambles. We know about it. When are we going to move to a more workable schedule and spend some more money for spare parts.

    Please deal with the situation.

    • MAKE MY DAY says:

      As long as the OBA Gov’t is “afraid” of the BIU – then that is NEVER going to happen!! The BIU always win and have done so over the last 50 yrs!! Why do you thing the Island suffered through all that 1981 BS!! The late Sir David Gibbons tried to reign-in the BIU and the Island suffered “big time”!! I have seen it all for 50+ yrs!!

  9. C James says:

    The buses and ferries have become almost as embarrassing as the taxi service. In addition, we don’t rent cars. How will tourists get around or do we not care???

    Yet again Bermuda is not competing – and we wonder why tourism is in the toilet. Bermuda and Bermudians need to get with the program – or become a 3rd world country riddled with poverty.

    We are balanced on the abyss.

    • MAKE MY DAY says:

      Especially with that 2.3 BILLION $$ deficit sitting on your shoulder – courtesy of Browne and his PLP cronies!! They ran the show and did they ever screw-the-Island – in such a short time period!! Of course that was his “game-plan” from the beginning!!

  10. Vesey sweet says:

    What no one above has addressed is whether the “pink” route covers Hinsons Island. If it does where does this leave the residents there – they pay their taxes just like everyone else but will not have any access to public transport!!! That is a real problem for them if they don’t have their own boat to commute with.

    • Reggie says:

      As a regular pink route user, the route does cover Hinson’s Island. I feel sorry for those residents that don’t own boats living on the island. What are they supposed to do?

      • Hmm says:

        What are the poor residents of Hinsons Island to do? Here’s a suggestion, buy a punt. Should they have a medical emergency, do they run to the wharf and wait on the Pink Route ferry to come along and pout about tax paying when it doesn’t show up? …doubtful.

        • WONDERING says:

          Had to delete most of my responses to your idiocy as they would not get past the censors.

          Living on Hinsons is challenging, it pays off with peace and quite and a slow pace of life but it is tough. But then to have morons like yourself post such an uneducated response to simple concern makes my blood boil. Buy a punt? this post must be from someone with zero understanding of the marine environment, zero education about our water ways etc. A few questions for you:

          List the locations a boat can dock for extended periods of time in Hamilton?
          How does a senior manage to get into a punt in any conditions and motor across the Harbour?
          How does a child get to Hamilton to catch the bus to school, should they take their punt across as well?
          What population has been the number one most consistent user of the pink ferry route since its inception?

          BTW – in cases of a medical emergency, the Hinsons island community lends a hand, they talk to each other and rely on each other during hurricanes and storms, they assist each other when possible but a regular ferry is essential and if the service was to disappear there would be several families forced to sell their family home, now for a massive loss as the convenience of a ferry no longer exists.

          You strike me as the guy who rides past an accident thinking, “well they had that coming”. SMFH.

          • Carnie says:

            Hey ya wanna live there then pay for it. I don’t want to pay for your old bones to have a “quite and slow pace of life”. Older generations have already spent their kids and grand kids and great grand kids money. Grow a farm and get a goat if you want t live there. I ain’t paying for it. Yeah I ride past an accident and say there ya go cus hey most likely they were riding like as you say a moron.

  11. Terry says:

    Why.
    Someone in Government must have an answer.
    I am sure the Director of Marine and Ports did not shut the route down just for the hell of it.
    Maintanence problems?
    No Fuel?
    Hurricane Burt?

    Demand answers to your questions.

    Shalom.

  12. Triangle Drifter says:

    Wonder if the Newstead boat could take over? With a Government subsidiary of course. They have a better boat for the job. It is faster, more economical to run & needs less crew.

    Public transport on land & water has become an expensive & embarrassing joke.

  13. C James says:

    I feel sorry for Hinsons’s yes but the Pink Ferry is also Harbour Road’s bus. There is no bus for Harbour Road. The ferry is therefore essential in that respect and it will be many more than just the seventy Hinson’s residents who are inconvenienced.

    We need the pink ferry!!!