Bus Cancellations, 58 Buses Out Of Service

September 15, 2017 | 29 Comments

[Updated] The Government has advised of bus cancellations for this morning, Friday, September 15th, providing the list below.

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Update 4.38pm: A spokesperson said, “The Department of Public Transportation was yesterday hit with a spate of bus breakdowns forcing the cancellation of some bus runs from the Hamilton bus depot.

“The problems reduced the number of commuter buses leaving the city late afternoon and early evening.

“DPT said that the breakdowns occurred late afternoon, making it difficult to advise the public as they finished their work day.

“Notices were posted regarding the cancellations for a part of this morning’s early service.

“Today, officials said they reduced the “out of service” number of vehicles down to 58, which left forty seven buses in service.

“The reasons for bus breakdowns are varied, but include oil leaks, air system failures, inoperable bells, steering problems, faulty airbags, and “doors failing to operate properly.

“The total number of 105 buses is down from 10 years ago when there was a fleet of 123. The weighted average age of the vehicles is over 10 years, while the industry standard is less than 7 years.

“Officials said the fleet has become older and less reliable as DPT operates services over 18 hours every day of the year.

“While the Department has had to wrestle with these issues over an extended period of time, circumstances will not consistently improve until the fleet is considerably upgraded.

“The DPT will endeavor to keep the public informed when there are future service interruptions.”

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  1. Yes Eye says:

    I thought this was gonna all be fixed? What first the mold returned and still problems with the buses? Unfortunately, it is much easier to mislead the public, make promises, point fingers and call names, than it is to actually govern.

    • loveofbees says:

      Have you ever considered they are doing the best they can? Take a yoga class, and relax.

    • wahoo says:

      I think we need to hire more civil servants to handle all this stuff.

    • Truths says:

      It got them voted in didn’t it? Fool me once…..

    • PBanks says:

      True but in the case of the buses, neither political party had a real handle on the situation, and now it’s been revealed that 72 out of 105 buses had been out of service at one point, so clearly the situation is dire.

      Even a quick remedy wasn’t going to alleviate all the issues.

      • wahoo says:

        Yet for the last couple weeks there have been busses out with driver training signs on them – at least we will have lots of drivers!

  2. frank says:

    The mini buses only run from the ends they need some mini buses to run from hamilton to get children up to cedar bridge
    And from cedar bridge to hamilton in the afternoon

  3. princess says:

    Yes Eye you basically want them to snap their fingers and everything be fixed. The funds used for the America’s Cup could have been used for new buses and hiring of mechanics. But then again the previous corporate party was more concerned about corporate welfare for millionaires.

    • wahoo says:

      How much was spent on AC?

    • Rocky27 says:

      I wholeheartedly agree with you.

    • Zevon says:

      Except that this has been going on for years. Back in 2010 the same thing was going on.
      Nothing to do with the AC at all.

    • Ringmaster says:

      Get some lessons in maths. If the weighted average age of buses is over 10 years. Had the buses been regularly replaced the average age would be a lot less than 10 years. So clearly the problems began before 2012.

      As to your comments on AC, you may as well say had Grand Atlantic not been built, which is still vacant, then $50 million could have bought a lot of buses. Add in cost overruns just at Port Royal and TCD and the Bermuda would have had a new fleet.
      At least the AC brought in revenue, jobs, benefits to youth, tourism and infrastructure that has lasting value.

    • Earth watch police says:

      Princess why don’t the supervisors managers and mechanics do their jobs or do we need to bring in foreigners to fix this s##t

  4. Tired and jaded says:

    And so it begins again……ridiculous.

  5. Katharyn says:

    Any cancellations for this afternoon? Yesterday was CRAZY

  6. Shari-Lynn Pringle says:

    Thanks for informing the public about this. I’ll try to wake up earlier to get this news!

  7. 2025 plan says:

    Wonder if they’ll admit it was easier said then done!!

  8. Stevie says:

    The previous plp government sought a contract for the buses. Buses obsolete.

  9. Jose says:

    The beginnings of the END

  10. Ok says:

    Glad I left…nice vibes in England right now…buses, trams, trains,tubes, ubers…I see why so many Bermudians are flocking to my country…

  11. Trisha says:

    I am sure every one posting here has their own transportation.

  12. cpm says:

    Let,s not forget who is running things-stepping out of GP1 at the airport

  13. aceboy says:

    But but but….it was all the OBA’s fault when they were government. They didn’t care about *the people*…remember?

  14. Mrs Brady says:

    Why don’t PLP simply buy new buses. Problem solved. I rely on those buses as a senior. They need to fix this now, that’s why we voted fir them!

    • wahoo says:

      You believed them when they said they would fix your problems? Wow I got some land to sell you lady.

  15. v smtih says:

    They don’t have enough man power to do work,because the pay is bad, and
    the good mechanics leave to work somewhere else.

    • Sargasso says:

      How pathetic… It’s either parts are not in stock or the mechanics have no skills to solve the problem. Than again, having multiple driver not knowing how to operate these vehicles other than stinging the gas paddle like these machines are rally cars and going like a bat out of hell. Who cares when the money doesn’t come out of your own pocket?

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