Interruption In Bus Service On February 13th

February 12, 2019 | 26 Comments

There will be a “brief interruption” in bus service from 10:30am – 12:30pm on Wednesday [Feb 13] to accommodate a BIU Bus Operators and Allied Workers Division meeting, the Government said this evening.

Bus Service TC Feb 12 2019

A Government spokesperson said, “The Department of Public Transportation [DPT] is advising of a brief interruption in bus service on Wednesday, 13 February [tomorrow] from 10:30am – 12:30pm to accommodate a BIU Bus Operators and Allied Workers Division meeting.

“This meeting will serve to advance completion of the new winter public bus schedule and revised work rosters.

“The DPT apologises for the late notice and any inconvenience this may cause for the travelling public.”

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  1. Trump supporter says:

    Another disruption for another false date.

  2. Lost Souls says:

    Disgusting. There is no reasonable explanation why this has to happen. Much bigger bus and transit systems that are unionized manage to have meetings without stopping work.

  3. Wahoo says:

    Incredible.

  4. kilogram says:

    I think I’ll take a couple of hours break tomorrow too. Sure my boss won’t mind. Perhaps I’ll go to lunch straight after the meeting finishes at 12.30 for an hour or so. It’s my right. Almost time to go home by then anyway, so why not. No-one will say anything.

    Easy life.

  5. Privatize says:

    It’s clear this doesn’t work well and it’s time for a change.

    A private company would run our bus network more effectively.

    Why are we so afraid to try something new to make it more efficient ???

  6. MB says:

    Just a question, bu does this happen anywhere else in the world? buses or trains just stopping for over 2 hours so drivers can meet?

  7. Only in Bermuda. This island is run by the Union, Tweed and the rest of the clan. Sickening time for change!!!!

  8. Sandgrownan says:

    Fire them all.

  9. legalgal says:

    Coinciding with the cruise ships arrival. Shameful. Perhaps Tourism could do something useful and hire a few buses and drivers for the season? Or Bermuda will lose out.

  10. Let's Keep It Real says:

    Why cant they meet in the evening i.e 7pm-9pm!
    This is just designed to try to hold the island as hostage. Unfortunately there is not many leaders in that Union more followers. Somebody in that organization needs to stand up and say enough is enough! Where is the Peoples Campaign in all of this…ooops they must be sitting down the Cabinet Office.

  11. Navin Johnson says:

    Spring is just around the corner and they are still working on “the winter” bus schedule…..joke

  12. Adklee says:

    Curious as to why it’s called a WINTER bus schedule??? Apart from the fact there are only 5 weeks left till Spring, is this schedule not going to cover the entire year?

    • James says:

      It is my understanding that there are 2 schedules the winter, which starts when public school starts in September until school closes in June. Then summer, when public school gets out until the time it starts again in September. I think that’s how it goes. I inquired about it at some point in time when all of this foolishness first started. So it’s been a while since it was explained to me.

  13. one says:

    of course they had to pay the pepper sprayed (aka friends and family) no money for buses smmh

  14. Rotten Onion says:

    Guys there is a cruise ship in Dockyard.SMFS

  15. Joe Bloggs says:

    The fact of the matter is that Government is not objecting to the BIU having this general meeting in the middle of the day and interrupting bus service, so stop the union bashing please.

  16. question says:

    When, on December 13, he announced that the new bus schedule would take qeffect on January 7, 2019, Zane DeSilva, the Minister of Tourism and Transport, said the new schedule benefited the public as well as bus operators. He added: “Most importantly, it can be sustained with our current fleet of buses.”
    Mr DeSilva said: “I am confident this is the best way to ensure an efficient and reliable service.”
    He said he had been “concerned” by frequent bus cancellations and their impact on the public. Mr DeSilva said the new schedule was a “long-awaited achievement” and that the work of Walter Roban, the former transport minister, was “instrumental”.
    We laughed and laughed. It was so funny I nearly squirted coffee out of my nose.

  17. Baffled beyond belief. says:

    RUBBISH. BIU couldn’t plan their way out of a wet paper bag. 17 years????? PRIVATIZE NOW

  18. Mischief says:

    At this rate it will be summer oh and guess what they’ll be discussing that schedule with NO resolution

  19. Double S says:

    I though Furbert was against the waste of taxpayers monies.. I mean he did say that is why he and the BIU were against the airport.

  20. vote no more says:

    Definitely shows there trying to ruin tourism. Cruise ship in Dockyard on the day they decide to meet. Intelligence 101.

  21. Triangle Drifter says:

    There are now over 150 mini buses on the island. Surely this is a good start towards privatising public transport.

  22. CHRIS says:

    I hope you are all making these points on the PLP propoganda social media pages

  23. Goddess says:

    Is Bermuda Bus System an elementary basic bus infrastructure? Why focus on scheduling and not maintenance? Changing the parameters for new winter scheduling is elementary. When will Bermuda BIU and The Department Of Public Transportation evolve with the time. This is 2019!! Why not take a hard look at buses maintenance department!!!!! “BINGO”!!! The Minister Of Transportation should ride every bus route once a month. The Department Of Public Transportation need expansion; hence, absolutely not a reduction.

    There are many ways to improve Bermuda public transit system. The Minister Of Transportation will need to-roll up his sleeves more in restructuring the buses maintenance department. Bermuda can implement new rules to Improve Bus Testing, Safety and Reliability. Embrace preventive maintenance strategies by increasing training in streamlining the workflow to improve safety, reliability and the appearance of the buses. What is this paradox? Bermudian pay more for transit and get less clean efficient public transportation. A prerequisite should be the standards to improve maintenance. Schedules should be frequent and easily usable for Bermudian. Not every bus has to have high frequency, but there should be a useful network of lines on busiest routes all day. Bermuda is too small to have severely overcrowding on buses. Coordinating connections with other buses will minimize or eliminate overcrowding on Bermuda buses.

    How long 17 years??? Chris Furbert’s quote….”we’re at the finish line; we are right there where we need to be”! Wow it will take that long to show BIU members positive results…HOW LONG TOO LONG!!!!! My question is how strong is the Union!!!

    Finally, Stop!!! With the alleged Hegelian Effect….BERMUDA GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HAVE THE MONEY…..frequently, overlooked is the fact that a government has no money of its own, it has to obtain the funds from “YOU”….Taxpayers!!!!! Perhaps, Bermuda Department Of Public Transportation should think about privatization.

    I Have Your Attention Too Make U Think!!!

    • Dtg says:

      Why can’t they have 2 meetings. One for the ones working and one for the others. Just in time to piss of touirists.

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