Some bus schedules, please!
April 29, 2013
We are just beginning another busy season for our visitors (hopefully!) and we still have no bus schedules to give out to them. I have contacted the bus terminal, the Department, the Ministry and the Minister to no avail. I have heard a variety of answers about why there aren’t any schedules: there is/was supposed to be a new schedule, there’s no money to print them, and my favourite “I don’t know/I don’t care”.
I’ve been told to look up the information on the internet (and of course the Government website hasn’t worked all weekend nor today) and yes, I’m aware it’s in the phone book. But seriously, I don’t think our visitors carry around a phone book and many, if not most of them, don’t have access to the internet while they are waiting for a bus.
Here’s a simple solution. Make some photocopies. They don’t have to be in colour. Give them out. Post them at the bus terminal. Post them at all the bus shelters. Post them at Dockyard and St George’s. Let locals have copies because sometimes we want to go somewhere too.
Create signs at all the bus stops for just the routes that come to that stop like they do in other countries. For example, at my bus stop at Somerset Bridge heading towards town there could be a sign that says Number 7 route: Leaves Dockyard for Hamilton via South Shore and beaches at 8am and runs every half hour until 10.20pm except Sunday 10.50am to 5.50pm. Number 8 route: Leaves Dockyard for Hamilton via Middle Road at 6.45am and runs every half hour until 11.50pm except Sunday 9.35am to 6.35pm.