Bus service to get a boost, possibly more drivers
The Department of Public Transport is increasing bus service on weeknights and Sundays, according to Transport Minister Terry Lister.
He also told the House of Assembly the department would decrease the amount of staff overtime and was expected to hire more bus operators.
This would be “music to the ears of many good and hard workers who have been laid off in the private sector,” he added.
In addition the department is increasing service levels, including routes that start and end at Grotto Bay and continue to St George's. “In like manner, trips that start and end at Barnes' Corner and Somerset will continue on to the Royal Naval Dockyard,” he said.
Mr Lister explained more buses would be operating during non-traditional hours.
“[The department will be] increasing service after 8pm on weekdays, Sunday mornings and service over Cedar Hill,” he said.
The auxiliary bus service has been given an additional $10,000 this year, which will help boost service for cruise ship passengers at the start of for the 2011 cruise ship season, he said.
Mr Lister said expenditure for the Department of Public Transportation for 2011-12 was estimated to be nearly $18.4 million, down seven percent from 2010-11.
Revenue is also set to decrease slightly by one percent and is estimated to be $7.9 million for 2011-12 financial year, he said.
In order to increase funds the department will be looking to provide more advertising space for local groups and businesses, he said.
“Advertising is sold and placed on special handles on the buses as a revenue stream. DPT is also working on selling advertising on the back windows of the buses as an opportunity to inject a boost in revenue.”
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