Pay the $3.50 or Alternatively Drink the Poison

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”
Edward R. Murrow

The blogmaster continues to listen to the fury in the feedback by Barbadians triggered by government’s decision to increase bus fare to $3.50.  After more than four decades has the national discussion changed about the state of public transport and the burgeoning sub culture which accompanies it changed?

On the 10 April 2019 Chairman of the Transport Authority Ian Estwick reminded the country a ‘bariffle’ of permits were issued in the last days of the last government. Minister Michael Lashley was the former minister responsible. The political partisans will need reminding that a similar event occurred when the last BLP government demitted office with Ministers Johnny Tudor and Gline Clarke wantonly approving PSV permits.

In summary, Eswick shared numbers to advise that about 53% of 735 valid permits as at 08 April 2019 issued to PSVs are concentrated on SEVEN routes (Bank Hall -38, Speightown -32, Silver Sands -99, Silver Hill -65, Redman  Village -59, Jackson -45, Fairy Valley -49).

In a nutshell the foregoing vividly supports what Barbadians should know. The mismanagement and politicization of the Transport Board by successive administrations has catapulted the country to where we are mired today.

In a nutshell the foregoing vividly supports what the Barbadians know. The mismanagement and politicization of the Transport Board by successive administrations has catapulted to where we are today. This repeat was no error.

There is more to tell about the current state of the transportation sector.

Barbadians have been complicit in the demise of the transportation system. Whether it is found in the passive response to former minister Rommell Marshall going against accepted tendering policy by approving a sweet deal with CGI insurance company. David Thompson approving a political gimmick to allow free bus ride for school children. And common to both parties, employing the most incompetent actors to manage the Transport Board. The last General Manger Sandra Forde rushes to the mind. Several other examples can be listed to support the view that the mismanagement of the Transport Board is a continuum.

It is disgusting – to put it mildly – to have to listen to the political talking heads from all sides pretending to be so concerned about the effect the fare hike will have on the travelling public. To watch the tours of the bus stands to benefit from the anti hike bus fare sentiment is most disingenuous.

The morass we have created in the transportation sector is a symptom of the bigger predicament we find ourselves, so spare us the ‘esoteric’ analysis. The poor must be protected, a non point. Continuing to conflate many issues triggered by the fare hike is an embarrassment to a 90% plus literate country fighting above its weight class country.

We are in dark place and to fix it will require the country to suffer some pain. How long the suffering will continue will be up to us. We agree that commonsense should tell us it cannot be business as usual.

Time to pick our poison!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • The most important thing is that state-owned enterprises are supported by their revenues. In view of the enormous debt burden, Barbados can no longer afford to subsidize buses and other things.

    So I have some suggestions to make here because, as you all know, Tron always wants to be impartial and fair. My suggestions are based on cross-subsidisation within the tariff system from the normal price to the reduced price. We must therefore increase the normal price sharply in order to be able to afford social benefits. On the other hand, there should no longer be a subsidy from the taxpayer for the tickets. The emigrants know such and similar tariff structures from their new homeland.

    In detail:

    (1) We need monthly and annual tickets for commuters with a discount of up to 75% on the regular ticket price.

    (2) Children up to the age of 10 should be transported without charge, children between the ages of 11 and 17 receive a discount of 50%. Schoolchildren (if they have to pay at all) can buy monthly or annual tickets with a discount of 75%.

    (3) Seniors pay only 50% of the regular price for single tickets.

    (4) To compensate, the price for regular individual tickets (single trip) must be increased to 4 BBD for short distances and 8 BBD for long distances (normal fare). Four-way tickets are offered at a discount of 20%. Day tickets for adults cost 14 BBD ( a bit cheaper than a return ticket).

    Note: The individual tickets should also remain valid when changing from bus A to bus B for a single trip, provided they are regular buses.

    On this basis, a commuter would continue to pay 2 BBD per trip for long distances, a senior citizen 2 or 4 BBD. Those who do not purchase monthly or annual tickets pay a higher price up to 8 BBD. That is, of course, just a suggestion. In reality, the figures would still have to be adjusted so that the state-owned transport company would no longer incur losses.

    I look forward to your contributions to the discussion.

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  • David

    It is disgusting – to put it mildly – to have to listen to the political talking heads from all sides pretending to be so concerned about the effect the fare hike will have on the travelling public. To watch the tours of the bus stands to benefit from the anti hike bus fare sentiment is most disingenuous.

    Why does it digust u when people speak of the high increase in bus fare
    Have u heard anyone spoke against govt implementing an increase
    If you listen carefully to the many voices who.opposed the increase
    Many reasons against the increase holds fast to households finances which are now being weighed down and diminished by austerity measures which includes unemployment
    Do u understand what a raise of that magnitude does when an individual has no job but needs the service of a bus to go looking for a job
    Next the service its self is poor and is not deserving
    Next what about wage earners whose pockets are bone dry where would they find the money to make up for the increase
    David the policies of this govt seems to be far removed and disconnected from the realities of the economics and social restraints of the barbadian household after years of rubbing shoulders amongst them

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  • Western Union money sent to Barbados was over 100 Million USD,?What if this Money Stop? Where is co$t of Living, how can the People Afford taxes on All things base on 6$.25c per hour and people are being sent home,

    You allow this Crime Government to pick apart the people limb by limb until we have to arms and no legs now on the ground and can’t move, The Economy is dead, People are in fear to move and spend what will they have when you have to spend more to go and come VS what you went to buy, its better not to move until your belly hurts,

    I see grown men who are working all they are buying is Cheese and Bread to make the energy just to work, If you want something too sweet to drink bet thing is sugar and water no lime,
    Each issue is a post but the whole Picture needs to be looked at on a wall and see the balance, It’s not like only Buses went up, its everything you touch prices was added and then more vat was added to the price, that is more money PEOPLE more money, and who has to pay is , is the poorest among us and the greed and greedy level keeps moving up and the people on the TOP pay their self more and more for charging the people more and more and paying them less and less and the Real estate market going up and up, leaving people stuck in over price UNC and NHC housing for life , NO Way out had these poor people living in a voting block set up by the governments Crime Minister and S/HE BBLP,

    The UNion leaders ALL of them are bought and paid for, just like David Come sing a song wearing African wear and forget his Mission, Bloodsuckers none not needed,
    The Union Members need to Vote for new leadership NOW, to many conflicts of Intrest,$$$
    As We keep and will keep saying More pain to come,, Soon the Pain maybe around the necks of their own rope of laws set up to make People back down , Not a chance , the ropes they set up will and shall be for them,, If you think Trump is Bad you better recheck Mia,
    Bajan Free Party Will never Join Anyone or anything Dealing with Bs or Ds Bajan Need a Clean start away from these Crooks, Liars, and Scumbags, All of them in this government needs Hanging with their own rope and laws, taking Oath of Office for Money, NO Rule of Law! Facts,

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  • There is nothing more complicated than to follow the logic of my countrymen.
    His proposal must be read from the bottom up…

    “Note: The individual tickets should also remain valid when changing from bus A to bus B for a single trip, provided they are regular buses.”
    It has been established that there is an inadequate supply of ‘regular buses’. A second fare, most likely, will have to be paid when transferring from bus A to B.

    “(4) To compensate, the price for regular individual tickets (single trip) must be increased to $4 BBD for short distances and $8 BBD for long distances (normal fare). Four-way tickets are offered at a discount of 20%. Day tickets for adults cost 1$4 BBD ( a bit cheaper than a return ticket).”
    Insufficient information on 4-way tickets. Are we talking of 20% of $32.00 when a passenger has four long distance commute. If people are complaining of $3.50, I doubt an $8.00 (reduced by 20%) fare or $14 for a two-way ticket would be welcomed.

    ‘(1) We need monthly and annual tickets for commuters with a discount of up to 75% on the regular ticket price.
    This is what has me confused. If you have $8.00 fares discounted by 75%, I suspect the travelling public would put themselves in debt to get an annual or monthly ticket. Paying 25% on the monthly/annual ticket would lower the bus fare. The problem you are trying to solve would be magnified.

    25% of 8=2

    I am hoping that he can correct my erroneous statements.

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  • @Bajanfreepaty
    “Each issue is a post but the whole Picture needs to be looked at on a wall and see the balance, It’s not like only Buses went up, its everything you touch prices was added and then more vat was added to the price, that is more money PEOPLE more money”

    You are right in pointing out that what the average person faces are increases on several fronts, a multi-headed beast

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  • Yes David: Let the poor drink the poison……….
    Not a failed state but…………..

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  • TheOGazerts April 21, 2019 9:59 AM@
    Thank You!

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    A great article, I am being tossed left and right as to who is the author of these really hard hitting pieces.

    An aside to the author though

    When the piece started reference was made to sheep.

    The author should be advised that the Director of the Barbados Royal Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is now on Barbados Underground

    Henceforth anyone using the word sheep or sheeple shall invoke the wrath of this person.

    Indeed the law says and I quote

    “…Furthermore, from this day henceforth, The abusive style of beating up on the “sheeple” is distasteful to the Government of this Blog and I, the Director, now Direct that all readers MUST SKIM THESE SHEEP/sheeple blogs or face the consequences of my wrath

    Signed
    Donna
    Director & Representative for all Sheep & Sheeple “

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  • PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION CRISIS. ONLY 42 BUSES WORKING.

    Mechanics should be working in 8 hour shifts 24 / 7 repairing buses.

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  • Wunna can cut the political bullspit. The Transport Board was allowed to fail because PSV’s became profit centres for some SPECIAL individuals.

    Time for the spin doctors to take a break and Government Ministers earn a living.Surely 3 Ministers and the Prime Minister can come up with a plan that includes Fedex.

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  • @David

    You had to remind us of the Sandra Forde debacle, yuh think that Estwick will be an improvement? What is it about former Bankers running the TB, yuh almost want to make me “Laff it off”.

    Remember the song “Too late shall be your cry”, its too late to save the TB, when successive Gov’ts underfunded the TB and outsourced public transportation to the private sector (read PSV’s) that signaled the death knell for the TB. The recent announcement of private/public partnership is a last minute attempt to redress the problems of public transportation but we will be here in 5/10/20 years speaking of the same issues.

    It is no surprise that certain routes attract the most PSV applications if I owned a PSV I would want to ply my trade on highly populated areas where I could generate the most income, but public transportation should exist to serve all the people efficiently at a reasonable cost, if you stray away from that model it will be fraught with problems.

    Remember the days of “private” high schools? If you were “bright” enough and you managed to “pass” the two step exam you scored a coveted place at one of the Gov’t aided Secondary schools, if you didn’t succeed in obtaining placement your parents had to dole out school fees in the form of cash for you to attend Federal, Modern etc. some families managed to send the first or last born, the rest had to go on to seventh standard and make their way into the world. Gov’t changed all that and streamed students into new schools at little cost beyond uniforms and books. It should have adopted the same approach vis a vis public transportation, in a small island that should have been possible.

    As I said before its too late.

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  • Y’all can’t even differentiate between the Transport Board and the Transport Authority. #nocomment

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Sargeant at 3:00 PM

    Excellent. A clinical analysis. When the buses were first nationalized they operated at the optimal. It was the introduction of the PSVs that marked the deterioration of the system. The mixed system was a time bomb waiting to explode.

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  • The inhabitants of the island must finally realise that tourism alone cannot finance a welfare state and not the current overpopulation. The public transport system is a relic from times long past. Given the monstrous level of debt, the government can no longer pump money into a bottomless pit. The time has come to completely privatise passenger transport. If I see it right, we only need 42 drivers for 42 operational buses. All others should be dismissed immediately.

    It would also be time to privatize the school system and other parts of the state bureaucracy in order to improve their efficiency, raise quality and improve lousy work morale.

    Barbados is a premium holiday island for the rich, not a socialist model village. Those who cannot afford Barbados have the choice of emigrating to North America or Great Britain. Soon Guyana will also be a sensible option.

    Instead of always complaining, people should be happy about the great sandy beaches, the sun and the rum. It’s a privilege to live in Barbados. All inhabitants must thank the government for this, which has so far succeeded in keeping the island out of all other difficult international entanglements.

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  • @Enuff

    I know who is ultimately responsible for the TB and I was commenting on the fate of public transportation in Barbados, if that’s all you can find to critique I’ve made my point.

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  • ” Provide between 120 to 180 electric buses within 12 to 18 months on the signing of the contract and solely on the basis of the requirements stated above and in conformity with the technical requirements as defined in the specification sheet.”

    https://www.transportboard.com/invitation-for-bids-supply-of-electric-buses/

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  • So we privatize the transport board
    I hope u realize that in so doing govt creates bigger problems like more employees being put on the breadline
    Increase in bus fares
    Govt cannot have a role on how private companies managed their bottom line

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  • Dumpster diving in The Transport website.

    ” The arrangement to be put in place will require that: –

    The Barbados Transport Board breaks even and budget transfers from Central Government be phased out.

    The cost and risk of the acquisition the electric buses be borne solely by the bidder.

    The bidder has adequate equity and resources to absorb shocks to revenue or increased cost without defaulting on the arrangement”

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  • And to besides I thought my reference to “Laff it off” was funny

    @David

    Could you explain the joke?

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  • Hants,

    As a precaution, I would like to point out that batteries in Barbados discharge much faster than in the north due to the tropical climate. Thus, after five years, the buses will be ready for the scrap heap. If you additionally consider that the natives are not able to deal with technical things (I only say “sick building syndrome”), the buses will probably fail even faster.

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  • @Sargeant

    You must admit that Estwick is no actor but has been a successful product of Laff it off. The point is that PSVs have been given the most profitable routes. The obvious must follow.

    If you had mismanagement and corruption to the mix. In a year we should be in a good position if this government means business.

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  • “13% of the world’s bus fleet is already electric

    Over 99% of the world’s electric buses are in China

    Sales of electric buses increased by 40% between 2016 and 2017

    By 2030, an electric bus will be the same price as a diesel bus, while also saving hundreds of thousands on fuel costs over the bus’s lifetime, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

    There are four electric bus manufacturers in Canada: GreenPower Motor Company, The Lion Electric Company, New Flyer Industries, and Nova Bus.

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  • A hashtag moment
    #nocomment
    ✋🛑\
    Have a great rest of the weekend.
    Will leave in a few, before I become underwhelmed.by a display of brilliance.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    I would suggest that we operate a fare that is tied to distance travelled. We had a stage system for some time, that gave away to a flat rate for the entire island. The issue would be an efficient collection method as the bus enters and leaves the different zones etc.
    I know there is a solution if we move towards cashless or card based transport system tied to a GPS location. However that can only come about if the private and public service providers work towards a uniform method of payment/collection of fares etc.

    Meanwhile we should be willing to trial a zonal transport system. A systems that as you embark on your journey closer to the end of the route the fares paid is lower. As i see it for example let us consider the Silver Sands to Bridgetown. If a person starts his journey in the River or FCS Terminal you will pay $3.50 as you can potentially travel the entire length of the route.

    IN my scenario the Bridgetown to Silver Sands route is broken up into four segments. I have chosen well known and established landmark as demarcation points between zones.

    Segment A: Bridgetown to Garrison Savannah(St Anne’s Fort).
    Segment B: Garrison Savannah to Top Rock Round-about
    Segment C: Top-Rock Round-about to Oistins Town(Public Library)
    Segment D: Oistins Public library to Silver Sands -end of route.

    The minimum cost of any segment will $2.00. So this is how i see this working on a trip from Bridgetown to Silver Sands

    Embarking the bus in the River or Fairchild Street terminal or at the START of the route fare = $3.50

    Embarking the bus in Segment A fare is $3.50 when destination is Silver Sands. Fare is $2.00 when Destination is Bridgetown

    Embarking the bus in Segment B fare is $3.00 when destination is Silver Sands. Fare is $2.50 when Destination is Bridgetown

    Embarking the bus in Segment C fare is $2.50 when destination is Silver Sands. Fare is $3.00 when Destination is Bridgetown

    Embarking the bus in Segment D fare is $2.00 when destination is Silver Sands. Fare is $3.50 when Destination is Bridgetown

    The transport authority can trial this on a few selected routes. The designation of well known land marks will be required but will becomes less import as the use of Mobile phones and GPS coordinates would be tied into the automatic determination of fares if a cashless fare payment system is designed and introduced.

    Just my thoughts,

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    All school children should be issued with a school identification card that will double as a transport card. This will allow Transport authorities and PSV operators to track the school children on the entire public system . This should assist the Min Of Ed to audit the transport of these children and also reimburse the private operators for the “free rides” that they provide.

    In a fully integrated subsystem the “Transport card” will be usable on all PSV vehicles. The card is well designed will be have many features

    a) The card can be activated or deactivated remotely, Thus stopping abuse if accidental or intentional.
    b) The card can be loaded with value if we move towards a time when school student are paying a portion of their fares
    c) The card can have a set period of duration, a set period of daily duration and on days when the specific school is in sessions etc. Thus no joy riding if the student is home on some disciplinary matter.

    Just thinking

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  • William Skinner

    We need a rural transport authority to determine how we are going to improve public transportation both privately and publicly owned in our rural communities.
    We can then project how best to profitably integrate the two systems.
    Failure to clinically analyse our public transportation system is the major reason why we have reached this sorry state of affairs.
    Once more we are witnessing the results of the pure incompetence of the BLPDLP.

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  • The GM of Transport Board (formerly Sandra Forde) and the Chairman of the Transport Authority (currently Ian Estwick) are two completely different roles at two completely different organisations, with completely different mandates. Period! #nocomment

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  • @enuff

    You need to make contact with a flawed system in which both positions operate.

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  • David
    The arguments here are flawed too. If you doubt me, read the same IADB Country Strategy 2019-2023 on public transport.

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  • @enuff

    What matters is that successive governments have allowed public transport to deteriorate to the extent it has to be imploded and rebuilt. Tom Adams imposed unimaginable taxes back then and it was downhill ever since.

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  • William Skinner

    @ David
    You are absolutely correct!
    The Transport Board has like everything else been the victim of political skullduggery(BLPDLP).It’s the same with PSVs and the corrupt licensing system, where permits and so on were issued via political connections in both parties.
    You will note that those appointed to Boards/ Authorities , have no knowledge or track records in the areas they are supposed to supervise.Both parties practice this nonsense.
    We are merely spinning top in mud .

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    But David, to pay the $3.50 IS to drink the poison. Hobson’s choice man.
    Had to take public transport last week with one of the grands and the short journey cost the two of us $14.00. Some might say that I coulda walk, but when the temperature is 32 degrees Celsius, and the humidity is above 90%, and a small child can only do small steps, and the grocery bags are heavy, what choice you taking ’bout?

    iImean i voted for the Bees, but this hurt man.

    I live on two routes which are supposed to be serviced by 2 big blue Transport Board buses..but where de buses man?

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    And now the gossip I hearing is that big black garbage bags of cash used to pass through the Transport Board “back door” for decades and decades, and decades.

    But that can’t be true nuh? Becausin’ the transport Board had to have excellent cash handling and accounting procedures in place, right???

    So the ZR men, and the yellow bus men were getting ‘rich” while the Transport Board’s rolling stock was becoming skinnier, and skinnier and skinnier.

    I don’t understand how the rolling stock went from 200+ to less than 50.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Vincent Codrington April 21, 2019 3:27 PM “It was the introduction of the PSVs that marked the deterioration of the system. The mixed system was a time bomb waiting to explode.”

    In economics it is called ‘rent seeking”

    Barbados has been by a whole class of economists for decades and decades. I can’t believe that by doing what they did not understand that they were inviting the most aggressive of rent seeking behaviours.

    According to Wikipedia “In public choice theory and in economics, rent-seeking involves seeking to increase one’s share of existing wealth without creating new wealth. Rent-seeking results in reduced economic efficiency through poor allocation of resources, reduced actual wealth-creation, lost government revenue, increased income inequality, and (potentially) national decline.”

    Yup we reach.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Tron April 21, 2019 ?:43 PM “Barbados is a premium holiday island for the rich…”

    But Tron “the rich” moved their money to London and other pats North, then they had to move North too in order to keep their money warm.

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  • @SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife who wrote ” I mean i voted for the Bees, but this hurt man.”

    No pain no gain. #miacares

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  • You are the first to have pieced together the meaning of the topic of this blog.

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  • General elections in Barbados were held on September 2, 1976.

    On May 2, 1976, it was reported in the press that PM Errol Barrow announced “a 25¢ standardized bus fare would be introduced in Barbados towards the end of” May.

    I believe this was also a political gimmick from which the Transport Board never recovered.

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  • Could you please explain how privatizing the Transport Board would “create bigger problems like more employees being put on the breadline and an increase in bus fares,” especially when one considers………
    ………….UCAL, for example, was established as a result of government privatizing Transport Board’s workshop and additional jobs were created in the process.

    …………..bus fare is REGULATED by government.

    Did you express similar concerns of employees being put on the breadline” when the previous administration was planning to sell the Barbados National Terminal Company Limited (BNTCL) to SOL for $100M?

    I recall you supported those plans.

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  • Amm how many employees does the oil terminal have in comparison to the many ranges and dept where there are employees working in the transport board system

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  • You clearly do not read with comprehension. Under both governments they allowed the transport sector to sink into a cesspool. There will be pain, it cannot be business as usual. The transport board is an embarrassment. We the people have been complicit it its demise. We are reaping the whirlwind because of the lazy and feckless approach to how we have managed our affairs.

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  • As was anticipated, you purposely avoided answering the questions, but instead preferred to ask a silly question.

    What you need to do, is inform BU as to “how many ranges and departments where there are employees working in the Transport Board system.”

    I previously mentioned, the privatization of TB’s workshop initiated the establishment of UCAL, which created employment opportunities for several people, in areas such as personnel, accounting, clerical, secretary, storeroom and other support staff.

    UCAL also extended its scope of repairs from specifically mechanical, to include “bodywork,” painting, servicing, electrical and transmission repairs to TB buses, which also resulted additional employment.

    Additionally, bus fare is legislated by government.

    Bearing this information in mind, could you please inform BU, how would the privatization of TB lead to “more employees being put on the breadline and an increase in bus fares?”

    This is a simple question.

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  • Methodology….. but we all know this could never involve Barbados. Just beyond your imagination.

    “Sauriol said Dessau knew a handful of companies (including Rapid Check and Commerce Al-Shark) that were willing to issue invoices for work that was never ordered or completed. When Dessau wrote a cheque, the company would cash it, take a 10-per-cent “cut,” and hand the rest of the money back to the engineering firm. Over five years starting in 2004, the witness said Dessau used the trick to obtain about $2 million — all of it destined for political coffers.”

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/false+invoices+lead+cash+political+coffers/8120867/story.html

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  • How many Transport Board buses will be repaired in the next 2 weeks ? 1? 2 ? or more.

    How many Transport Board buses will be repaired in the next 6 weeks ? 1? 2 ? or more.

    What do the mechanics who repair the buses do for 8 hours per day ?

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  • @Hants

    The issues plaguing the transport board subsumes repairing buses.

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  • The out come of privitization should not only be benefical to one our two entities.As would be the case with the Transport board where entire depts would be given a red slip
    There some areas of govt that failed.
    However a recommendation of o.othrowing out the baby with the bathe tub is only a short term solution
    When in essence multiplehouseholds would feel the effect and having govt to pick up the fall out
    Say whatever you may the oil terminal does not pass the test of rigidity in that when compared to the Transport board its employees would be significant in a privatization overhaul that can be problematic for govt

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  • RE IN my scenario the Bridgetown to Silver Sands route is broken up into four segments. I have chosen well known and established landmark as demarcation points between zones.

    Segment A: Bridgetown to Garrison Savannah(St Anne’s Fort).
    Segment B: Garrison Savannah to Top Rock Round-about
    Segment C: Top-Rock Round-about to Oistins Town(Public Library)
    Segment D: Oistins Public library to Silver Sands -end of route.

    The minimum cost of any segment will $2.00. So this is how i see this working on a trip from Bridgetown to Silver Sands

    SIR FUZZY IT SEEMS THAT YOU ARE QUITE YOUNG RELATIVELY AND DONT SEEM TO RECALL THE DAYS IN THE 60’S WHEN YOUR IDEA WAS ACTUAL WHAT USED TO HAPPEN FOR ROUTE 13 SILVER SANDS!

    Segment A: Bridgetown to Garrison Savannah(St Anne’s Fort). 5CENTS, PRIOR TO THAT IT WAS ROCKLEY
    Segment B: Garrison Savannah to sT LAWRENCE BY PEPPER POT WHERE THE 10CENTS POLE WAS

    Segment C:sT LAWRENCE BY PEPPER POT to Oistins Town OPPOSITE THE ALMS HOUSE WHERE THE 15 CENTS POLE WAS

    THOSE WERE GREAT DAYS

    AS A LAD I WOULD RUN THROUGH GRAEME HALL TO ST LAWRENCE TO CATCH THE BUS AT THE TEN CENTS POLE ON SUNDAY AFTERNOONS TO SAVE 5 CENTS TO ATTEND SUNDAY SCHOOL AT CH CH PARISH CH

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  • We are not discussing the oil terminal. However, your comment re “the oil terminal does not pass the test of rigidity in that when compared to the Transport board its employees would be significant in a privatization overhaul that can be problematic for govt”………

    ………….. is generalized nonsense.

    Explain what is “the test of rigidity.”

    I asked you a simple question and again you responded with your usual incoherent, generalized statements and political rhetoric.

    Since you’re not prepared to answer the question, let’s move on.

    Please explain to BU what are these “entire departments (at TB) that would be given a red slip” you are referring to.

    How would “a privatization overhaul” of the TB “be problematic for government?”

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  • Whatever, Piece! Carry on nastily! As I said, it’s all about you and your ego. Seems I have committed a cardinal sin. I would have thought your focus would be on the divinely inspired grand scheme for fixing Barbados rather than wasting your time fixing poor little me! I am insignificant, after all!

    More proof for me that you are a runaway train. You may have started off on the right track but something happened along the way and you became an egomaniac. Happens all the time.

    My tiny little open mind is now closed to you. I have all the information I need. Thanks!

    Signed,

    Director of herself and NO FOLLOWER OF THE PIECE WHO WOULD BE HER LEADER

    Donna

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  • RE General elections in Barbados were held on September 2, 1976.

    On May 2, 1976, it was reported in the press that PM Errol Barrow announced “a 25¢ standardized bus fare would be introduced in Barbados towards the end of” May.

    I believe this was also a political gimmick from which the Transport Board never recovered.

    THIS IS SOUND DOCTRINE THAT CAN NOT BE REFUTED

    THE FIRST STEP TO DESTROYING OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM WAS WHEN IN 1969 THE DLP UNDER BARROW ELIMINATED THE EXISTING BUS COMPANIES TO THREE– THE ELITE ROCKLYN AND THE TRANSPORT BOARD

    THE SECOND STEP WAS THE ABOVE AS POINTED OUT BY ARTAX

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  • More proof for me that you are a runaway train. You may have started off on the right track but something happened along the way and you became an egomaniac. Happens all the time. (Quote)

    @ Donna

    This is what I was trying to say about PUDRYR.

    His intentions in the beginning were honourable, but he became too full of himself…… his ego became inflated and he is becoming more and more obnoxious.

    Disagree with him, you are in for a busing and being called a pooch licker.

    I scroll pass his contributions nowadays.

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  • “THE FIRST STEP TO DESTROYING OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM WAS WHEN IN 1969 THE DLP UNDER BARROW ELIMINATED THE EXISTING BUS COMPANIES TO THREE– THE ELITE ROCKLYN AND THE TRANSPORT BOARD…..”

    Georgie Porgie

    Ironically, it was also reported in that May 2, 1976 news extract, Barrow “also disclosed plans to nationalise the two remaining private bus companies……. Rocklyn and Elite bus companies……. in June next year (1977) when their present concessions expire.”

    However, this occurred under the Tom Adams led BLP administration, which won the 1976 general elections.

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  • DUMPSTER DIVING.

    ““In spite of all we have done, there is still a lot more to be done, and therefore we requested a permanent consultant and the Canadian Government agreed, through the IMF, to assist us with the provision of three long-term consultants,” she explained.

    She noted that the consultants would work with the Customs and Excise Department, the Barbados Revenue Authority and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs.”

    https://www.cbc.bb/index.php/news/barbados-news/item/8975-prime-minister-public-service-to-be-rebuilt

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  • The Canadians are coming. The Canadians are coming. They also bringing Electric buses to solve Transport Board problems.

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  • The Barbados government says it is encouraged by the discussions held with Canadian firms interested in establishing a presence on the island as Bridgetown seeks to take advantage of a growing global medical marijuana industry.

    https://www.cbc.bb/index.php/news/barbados-news/item/8973-pm-says-canadian-firms-attracted-to-barbados

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  • If I see it right, we only need 42 drivers for 42 operational buses. All others should be dismissed immediately.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    So…….. one driver is going to work from five o’ clock in the morning to one o’ clock the next morning. Nobody to drive when a worker is ill, takes vacation etc. Your underwear is showing!.

    “It would also be time to privatize the school system ….”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    So only the rich can go to school just as it was before? Minimum wage cannot pay for children to go to school.

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  • Robert Goren,

    Obnoxious, toxic AND nasty. The tone of the blog has deteriorated to all out below the belt fighting all of the time. No more witty repartee, just nasty sledging. You can feel the animosity bouncing off the screen as though everybody is just looking for a punching bag to release his anger.

    That kind of atmosphere tires me instead of energizing me. Time for another break, I think.

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  • We are agreeing a lot these days. First thing in the morning and the spoutings from the regular brigade betrays that we are human beings.

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  • David,

    What a great team for the rescuing of Barbados we would all be if we ever tried to form a physical group. We would probably decapitate each other before we even went out to our first battle!

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  • There is the challenge right there, all mean well but there is no willingness demonstrated to appreciate the difference people bring to the table and as a consequence level of compromise required. It is his or her way, leading to the polarization we are seeing everywhere. We never learn.

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  • No we were not discussing the oil terminal until you turned the focus of privitization in that direction
    Under previous govts the transport board was catergorize as part of a social network for many reasons one which in part barbadians financial support was limited to accessing their own means of transportation
    What might have changed is management in its entirety
    However the knee jerk solution of privatization cannot answer the question of a trigger mechanism of high unemployment which would effect the barbadian household

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  • PDYR
    now there u have ( it) not only myself belive you have become an egotistical bombastic a..ss hole full of yuh self

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  • The conversation includes you.

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  • @ Donna who wrote, Obnoxious, toxic AND nasty.

    Just scroll past.

    Works for me.

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  • @ Mariposa,

    Believe it or not, when the Transport Board was formed by the BLP in the 1950s, it was one of the most efficient organisations, not only in the Caribbean, but the English-speaking world. I had enormous bragging rights with my English friends and colleagues about the TB’s competence..
    Remarkably, although throughout the 1950s and 60s Barbados exported people to work on London Transport, to my knowledge not a single government, DLP or BLP, has ever drawn on this wealth of experience – including the many who have retired back to the island. This is typical.
    I have mentioned her previously about the Acme making buses for BT in the 1960s, a development that died a natural death. The decline in the BT is post-Barrow. Here s a challenge for our social historians to explore.
    To go off topic a bit: The Transport Board was stationed at its present site after the collapse of the walls of Combermere. It is now over 60 years since that piece of invaluable real estate has been misused by governments.

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  • NO!!!!!

    I did NOT “turn the focus of privatization in that direction.”

    All I did was to QUESTION your SUPPORT of privatizing a SOE under your administration, but giving the initiative a “thumbs down” if it comes into consideration under this BLP administration.

    Privatization is privatization. You sought to differentiate between the privatization of TB and the oil terminal with a weak, unsubstantiated argument about “how many employees does the oil terminal have in comparison to the many ranges and dept where there are employees working in the transport board system,” and “entire depts at TB would be given a red slip,”………….

    ………… which you have REFUSED to identify and FAILED to explain.

    Once again, PLEASE ANSWER the following questions:

    (1). How would privatizing TB “trigger (a) mechanism of high unemployment which would affect the Barbadian household?”

    (2). Identify the “ranges and departments” at TB you referred to, that would be affected in the event TB was privatized?

    These are SIMPLE questions……….. if you’re NOT prepared to answer them…….. then, let’s move on.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Georgie Porgie April 22, 2019 10:21 AM

    The stage or zonal system can work, We made it work before . The starting points and ending points for each zone can be reconfigured as times goes by. However, this time we have technology on our side if we use it wisely. THE GPS locator on each bus will and can determine the fare when any person embarks on the bus.

    Also, as many persons now have hand-held GPS devices they can check on their location in relation to the bus they intend to catch and confirm what the correct fare will be. Our Transport Authority should mandated to develop/facilitate a MOBILE APP (apple and android) for this. The idea of cashless or preloaded transit cards will complete the trick. Another part of this musty be the issuing of ticket to all commuters. A ticket will be essential for all PSV operators as this will be “proof” of the correct fare being charged.

    This zonal/stage system will allow some commuters to reduce their spend on public transport. As long as you dont travel the entire route from starting zone to ending zone; you will can get away with paying $5.50 to $6.00 for two trips in my scenario of the Silver Sands to Bridgetown route.. This will be surely less than the mandatory $7.00(3.5 x 2 ) for 2 trips of the same distance.

    Also, as there is a push towards “mobile wallets” the buses should be equipped to accepts these mobile payments. accept Mobile wallet payments from both local and international providers. Another way to capture some much needed foreign exchange if/when visitors choose to use public transport.

    We know what we can do; we just need to execute a plan and stop executing something else

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  • Ian Estwick confirmed that alternative payment systems will be integrated into the management of the transit.

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  • To be honest, from my point of view the public transport system in Barbados resembles a little the conditions at HG Wells and his time machine. In the beginning it worked quite well, but after more than fifty years of independence the natives don’t even know how to repair buses anymore. In terms of developmental biology, this is referred to as “regressive evolution”. The parallels to the “Morlocks” are obvious to every Wells-reader.

    At least now we have a Prime Minister who brings down the cave ceiling so that the poor Morlocks can finally see light again.

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    For a moment there I wondered what to write.

    An apology for not accepting the script Donna and Goering have written for me?

    A letter of acquiescence to ManyPussy, she who in her multiple personalities shifts the blame for fvcking up the country to the other half of the BDLP duopoly?

    And then, my egotistical attitude and delusional self asserted itself once more and it said

    “The psyches of the BAJAN PEOPLE AND SHEEPLE to be reached IS NOT GOING TO BE IMPACTED BY people like Grenville Phillips or Lynette or the leaders of these Third Parties who are proffering themselves for service at today.

    They are going to need a breed of doers who, BECAUSE OF THE ENTRENCHED CORRUPTION AND WICKEDNESS THAT HAS EXISTED IN BARBADOS SINCE INDEPENDENCE, must understand my toxic calls.

    Wunna people like Donna and Goering are too placid for this fight.

    Wunna feel dat Mugabe Mottley going lay down and let her corruption league of forgiving the tax indebtedness of her fadder, changing de constitution as she pleases, swapping out evidence in importations, subverting all the Auditor General’s reviews by inserting electronic platforms that he and his team cannot see?

    Wunna so effing blinded that these things are happening and not a feller is looking.

    Barring Piece and Hants and WARU and Theophillus and some of the DLP biased tribe.

    Let me show you the subtlety of this attack.

    Go to the Barbados Government Website and look for the 2017 Auditor General’s report

    Go to page 10 of the report and read it.

    See how he details the ways his Department is being undermined.

    TRY TO COPY THE DAMNING TEXT!

    It is now an image!!!

    Now wunna people and sheeple have not got a clue about what this means in the IT domain.

    So my egotistical and delusional character is going to tell you happy go lucky campers.

    The text that sould be interrogatable is now sealed from the prying eyes of the public WHILE THERE FOR ALL OF YOU TO “SEE”

    HEHEHEHEH

    SLOWLY BUT INEXORABLY, YOUR LITTLE UNSUSPECTING WORLDS ARE SHRINKING AROUND YOU, and not a fellow is seeing it.

    Why convert searchable pdf to more resource intensive Images?

    And the sheeple respond in unison “WE ENT KNOW AND FRANKLY CHARLOTTE, I DONT GIVE A FVCK…!!!

    I will continue to be the self appointed John thd Baptist who will behave as toxic as reasonably possible UNTIL THE THIRD PARTY MOVEMENT IS ESTABLISHED.

    And then, I swear to all of you, upon all that I hold Holy, de ole man will leave Barbados Underground AND WILL COME HER, NO MORE.

    But until then, let loose the dogs of war…

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Hants
    the knowledge which was admitted into the public realm in the Charbonneau inquiry was mind boggling. The “fix” was on from day one, because one commissioner had stage 4 cancer, and the only job of the other, a political party hack, was to sanitize the final report, which was later proved in the leak of exchanges between himself and Mme Charbonneau.
    The entire current SNC “issue” is about politically related donations. And Charbonneau birthed it. You do not throw your #1 party donor under a bus?

    Watch the sequence.
    It was May 2018 we learned about the DPA legislation
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/federal-budget-corporate-wrongdoing-1.4664490
    At the same time we learned of charges against a former SNC employee
    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-former-snc-lavalin-executive-normand-morin-faces-elections-charges/
    Appreciate Del Mastro was convicted of a similar scam, and the CFO of the company who paid employees to contribute to his campaign was also charged and pleaded guilty. In this case, NO CHARGES were laid against the receivers, only the person (Morin) fingered with election contribution violations.
    In Jan 2019 Morin pleads guilty
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/election-financing-snclavalin-charbonneau-1.4984823
    see where Charbonneau led? Note the tagline…”Normand Morin’s plea means Canadians may never know which Liberals, Conservatives received SNC Lavalin money”
    The political sanitization continues..two more go down in Jan/Feb 2019
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/snc-lavalin-ceo-guilty-fraud-pierre-duhaime-1.5001839
    Realize these were ONGOING when the Raybould-Wilson affair broke out. Yah think the plea of guilty to 1 of 14 charges was a coincidence??

    What was the spin line? SNC is a different company, it was the people not the company, and the company has been cleaned of all the offenders…..from the political side?….the persons involved have been charged and convicted to the full extent of the law.

    Yet, unlike Del Mastro, not a single politician, not a single leadership candidate has been charged related to SNC contributions?

    And imagine, while Charbonneau flushed out a wide range of municipal employees, not a single federal employee (save Elbaz and he was indirect) has been fingered. Yet we had the country’s TOP civil servant, who immediately took early retirement, pleading SNC’s case at the highest levels? Yah think SNC was playing the pubic employees too?

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  • Artax
    I don’t know why you bother with Mariposa. All of a sudden she’s a former government employee awaiting severance. 🤔

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  • Enuff thanks for reminding me
    Still awaiting my severence pay

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  • John the Baptist! The vulgar voice cussing all day in the wilderness!

    No apologies necessary.

    First time I’ve been called placid in all my days! lol Life would have been much easier for me if only I had been placid. I just believe that ranting and raving all day will cause people to write you off as a lunatic. That’s how it usually goes. They may read your posts and not believe any of it

    You may have the last word

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  • Temind you, that you’re a stranger to the truth? #nocomment

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  • ” ” Provide between 120 to 180 electric buses within 12 to 18 months ”

    If these electric buses are built in Canada will they be specially built for Barbados ? RIGHT HAND DRIVE.

    Just trying to be helpful in case they forgot to put that in the specifications. lol.

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  • Would like to see them electric buses going up horse Hill or even driving through the areas that get flooded in bad weather
    This govt cant even make an equitable decision on bus fare but bumping themselves all over the place talking about buying electric buses

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  • Look what big cities having experts in technology think about electric buses

    A lot of transit agencies are also concerned that EV performance isn’t predictable enough in bad weather or in extreme circumstances. San Francisco held off on electrified buses specifically because city officials worry about the area’s exceptionally steep hills. “The technology isn’t quite there yet,” said Erica Kato, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

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  • Before this govt can fix one problem they go running around like chicken with cut off heads trying to impress the masses
    As if liat is not enough .finding money to solve liat problems should be a cause of concern
    This mad rush to buy one electric bus without having done the necessary homework coincides with all the other mad rush policies that govt have implemented causing people backside to moan and groan

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  • Mariposa, I thought of Horse Hill and those electric buses myself. I think they will have a problem even going up Beachmount Hill far more Horse Hill. I would like to see one try the Bowling Alley. Joy Road closed and they are using the Doctor Road, otherwise they probably would have a problem there too.

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  • This govt would be rememberd as a govt of headless bumblers
    With all these big shot advisors one would think that at least amongst the merry bunch that advice pertinent on the mechanics of driving a EV bus in steep hilly terraine would be of great concern before govt talk about purchase

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  • Don’t expect to see one electric bus if govt did their homework and paid attention to these land mines including potholes associated to low level performance with electric buses

    Additionally, cities considering electric buses based on their purported environmental virtues should account for the toxic pollution generated by the mining and refining of materials used in their batteries, the pollution produced during manufacture of the batteries, and the cost and/or waste produced when storing and/or treating or recycling used batteries.

    The economic costs of batteries used in electric vehicles are high and should be taken into account by cities considering shifting from reliable fossil-fuel-powered buses to electric-powered buses, especially since the batteries aren’t cheap and battery life is proving to be frequently less than promised. This point is especially relevant in regions that experience lengthy periods of extreme cold or hot weather (like Chicago during winter or Albuquerque during summer). Extreme temperatures drain battery life, necessitating more frequent charging, equaling hours of downtime or even replacement.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Artax April 22, 2019 3:21 AM “General elections in Barbados were held on September 2, 1976. On May 2, 1976, it was reported in the press that PM Errol Barrow announced “a 25¢ standardized bus fare would be introduced in Barbados towards the end of” May. I believe this was also a political gimmick from which the Transport Board never recovered.”

    I think that people have forgotten why standardized bus fares exist. They are not necessarily an election gimmick. Standardized bus fares exist in many parts of the world.

    Store clerk or fast food restaurant server A lives at Eagle Hall. Store clerk or fast food restaurant server B lives at River Bay or at East Point, or Bathsheba. They both work in Bridgetown. Both have a take home pay of $380 per week.

    Under a stage system A may pay 75 cents for the short journey from Eagle Hall to town. B may have to pay $3.50 to come to town from deep in the country. At the end of the week A has paid $7.50 out of his or her $380. to travel to and from work. B with the same pay has paid $35.

    At the end of a 49 work week year A has spent $367.50 to travel to/from work

    At the end of a 49 work week year B has paid $1,715.

    Soon enough B is going to start looking for accommodations closer to town.

    Do we have enough housing in town? Can the infrastructure support many more people moving to town? Do we want to destabilize rural villages by having more working age people move to town?

    What happens to elders and little children in rural villages when the working age people move from country to town?

    Do we want more poor people moving to town?

    Are our urban villages functioning well enough to accommodate more people? To provide for people’s social, economic and other needs?

    A flat rate bus fare is about more than money. It is also about equity and stability.

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  • Northern Observer

    Fuzzy
    What if by living in rural areas, B annual housing costs are $3000 less than A?
    What if B’s relatives live nearby and provide child care?
    What if B has some land and can grow some produce which A cannot?

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  • NorthernObserver

    11.50pm sorry, that was SS not fuzzy.

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  • “I think that people have forgotten why standardized bus fares exist. They are not necessarily an election gimmick. Standardized bus fares exist in many parts of the world.”

    SSSPFL

    Come off it, my friend.

    Barrow reducing bus fare to 25¢ did not have anything to do with “why standardized bus fares exist.”

    It was an election gimmick!!!!

    A man “abolished” bus fare by stages, whereby commuters paid according to distance travelled, and introduced an island wide fare of 25¢, conveniently around the time of a general election……..and you writing shiite about a “store clerk” or “restaurant server”………… and using the present bus fare of $3.50 as an example???

    You did not even merit a response.

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  • Enuff

    Tell me this is not the same Mariposa/ac/Angela Skeete/Angela Cox/Coxable who cussed Lisa Marshall because she and other retrenched Transport Board employees told the press that on several occasions they were told by the TB’s management they would be paid severance on a particular day………only to turn up at TB’s office on those days to be told such payments were not forthcoming?

    Tell me this is not the same “group of women” that did not have any sympathy for the retrenched former Beautify Barbados employees who had to wait THREE (3) YEARS before receiving severance payments?

    Tell me this is not the same “consortium of DLP yardfowls” that did not say one word in defense of those former NCC employees who, after having their case heard by the Employee Rights Tribunal, were awarded less severance pay than they were due, by the former PM’s buddy Hal Gollop?

    No, Enuff……….. DEM gots tuh be different people.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Artax April 23, 2019 3:10 AM

    SSS does have a point. As u must accept there are always a group of persons in any society that get handed a more shitty end of a stick.

    If Barbados were a larger country and a “pay-by-distance” transit fare were introduced you would see some migration of persons closer to where employment is concentrated. It is just common sense for a person to want to save or spend less on a service if they can make it happen; all other things being equal.

    A standardised bus fare make a social statement. It also creates a situation whereby PSV owners are concentrated on the more lucrative and shorter routes, where employment centres and housing are in close proximity to each other. After all “when money talks BS goes for a walk”.

    in theory If it were left unchecked the migration will mostly likely lead to over crowding in those areas and/or very high rents and/or substandard housing being provided(slums) etc. But Barbados is a small place so it may not be that evident.

    This is Barbados and we have a flat rate bus fare. The flat-rate in essence works like a subsidy across the entire system. Short route profits should cover longer less profitable routes in theory. However our system will fail or is failing when operators are allowed to “cherry pick” routes and the level of service provided on these routes.

    The Transport Authority need to show its teeth and make the “flatrate” system work as it was designed or move over to a “pay-by-distance” model with the “transit fare” and respective revenue attached to distance travelled.

    in 1976 flat rate was an election gimmick maybe so maybe not. However the duopoly has failed to execute as usual. The flat rate system can work but over the years “the politicos” have undermined the foundations it was designed on. So we now have what we have and ALL are wondering why it cannot or doesn’t work. The answer lies in the politico’s mirrors.

    Just saying.

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  • DA BEACH BELONG TO WE…… FUH NOW.

    FUN, FOOD AND FROLIC much summed up the scene yesterday at many of the island’s beaches for the Easter bank holiday.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/239420/breezing-bank-holiday

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  • Can blame the people for not venturing in wide open spaces like beaches where their eould be large crowds
    Peoples minds are still focusing on the persistent drug related shootings and must well have placed safety first.
    Another murder recorded today

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  • Two news articles about what PM is planning
    Not one about her having a growth strategy

    Needles to say one of the articles highlited PM intention on borrwing to save Liat lol

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  • The hypocrisy of Mia shines brighter than a Diamond
    Her in one of the news article headline
    Mia responds to Sri Lanka bombings
    For a while i did a double take
    Reason being that with all the death and violence going on in Venezuela nay word had been said from Mottley on behalf of the suffering people
    Yet she finds some kind of sympathy to draw from on behalf of those killed in the bombings
    Mia why havent you extended the same sympathy for the people of Venezuela in the fight and struggle against a regime that is causing the smallest the oldest to suffer intolerable daily

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  • Igrunt wrassewhole Canucks.

    Two Canadians have been arrested and charged in connection with importing cannabis into the country.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/04/23/two-canadians-on-drug-charges/

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  • Any update on the Canucks?

    Did they get the same justice and penalties as the locals?

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  • Still a work in progress, but is voicing opposition sabotage? ….…..

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/04/26/shunned/

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  • DISAPPOINTED VOTER

    When the NSRL was introduced by the last administration there was a big march. This tax affected the have not the have nots. The havenots had a choice to leave the people things on the shelves. The union aggitated the workers to come out and march and fooled the have nots. Now this administration increase the bus fare to an unbearable amount of $3.50 with out a justifiable reason. No increase in fleet of the State owned transport board buses which means that the pofits going to the Private owners that both administrations at some point issued all the PSV they could when exiting government. People are being brained wash with a lot of Sh@#$e about stay the course. Corporation tax decrease while the poor is being taxed and they income being depleted by higer cost of living. “stay the course people” don’t say a word until you have to open your front door and eat the grass off your lawn because you cannot go in the supermarket and shoplift.

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