Bus uncertainty after storm unforgivable
Reading the title of this letter, “Disruption of Service”, it would be totally forgivable in light of Humberto if one thought I was referring to electricity, wi-fi, internet or cable, but I'm actually referring to the inveterate problem child — buses.
While so many organisations are working feverishly to restore homes, so that the people of Bermuda are able to regain some semblance of normalcy and balance, this is what the bus folk have had to say for two days straight: “It is anticipated we may be able to start running a limited service in the afternoon.”
What prevented them from informing the public the night before that there would be no buses running the next morning, thereby enabling people to make plans for the following day?
Instead, you have the situation of people waking up to the hopeless yarn of “buses may be running in the afternoon”. It is unacceptable to be “flipping coins” with people's livelihoods.
As the whole island was called back to work on Friday and Saturday — some even as early as Thursday — the buses acted as a significant hindrance instead of a needful commodity to get people to and from work, let alone school.
Thankfully, I believe all but one school remained closed through Friday. What a mess it would've been if children were expected to report to schools.
That buses finally returned to meaningful service on Saturday afternoon is deplorable when you consider the rest of the island was back to work as much as two days earlier.
Not sure what tree, bush or shrub gave cause for concern, but the roads were not in that bad of shape to warrant such a lengthy disruption of service.