Normal operations have commenced at the newly commissioned East Bus terminal, from today Monday, December 17.
However, bus drivers are anxiously awaiting a follow up meeting with the Minister responsible for Public Infrastructure, Post, Transport and Urban Development. Hon. Ian Liburd promised that meeting after the conclusion of the budget hearings. The meeting is to address several concerns in hopes of making the transition to the new location smoother.
President of the East Bus Association Jeff Pemberton said the bus drivers are fitting in nicely.
The commencement of operations at the new bus terminal come on the heels of a meeting with Minister Ian Liburd, personnel from the Traffic Department and other stakeholder and the bus drivers, on Sunday afternoon, December 16.
During the meeting several concerns were vocalized by the bus drivers. These included lack provision of adequate means of exit in the case of an emergency and availability of traffic personnel to ensure efficient compliance from all bus drivers.
Prior to operations starting at the terminal, identification markers on former bus parking areas at Baker’s Corner were erased.
“It’s a good facility but it I have to walk some distance,” one commuter stated.
“I have no problem with it. When we travel to the States and other places, we have to do much more walking,” another contested.
“It is not a matter of ingratitude. The facility is very good but I think once important stakeholder was left out in all of the planning- and that is the commuter,” a female passenger noted.
Reliable sources state that a corporate citizen, on the Bay Road, is offering several parking lot spaces to bus drivers to accommodate passengers, especially those who are elderly and disabled.
More information on this will be provided once details become available.