|Government still pushing for unified bus system|
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Jun 27, 2012
Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin yesterday reaffirmed the government’s commitment to create a more efficient public transportation system.
“The initial vision is for an umbrella ownership of all of the individual buses,” said Hanna-Martin yesterday outside Cabinet. “In The Bahamas we have close to 500 individual owners, franchise holders, and this is what comprises New Providence’s public transportation system; that has inherent issues.”
Hanna-Martin, who held the same view during the last Christie administration, noted that the system is imperfect.
“So we’re now moving towards what we call a rational, efficient public transportation system,” she said.
“The model that we’re looking at is an individual or one umbrella owner where all of the several [franchise holders] come together and relinquish their individual ownership for collective ownership in this umbrella organization or corporation.”
She said that would be the first step followed by creating a school bus system.
“We’re hoping that out of that an offshoot of that will be a school bus system, which will more efficiently service school busing for our children,” she said.
The minister also noted that a lot of the various bus routes are not properly serviced.