COVID-19 Update: Last Transport Board bus at 11 pm with half a load
CEO of Transport Board, Fabian Wharton
The Transport Board has revised their hours of operation during Barbados' 14-day curfew.
In an urgent press release, the Board extended their service hours by four hours.
The statement said:
"After further dialogue with the relevant agencies and in an effort to ensure that the staff of the essential services are able to travel to and from work during these challenging times, a decision has been made to amend the previously shared operating times.
"Effective immediately, bus services will commence from 5.00 am daily inbound and the last service will leave the various locations at 11.00 pm.
"The buses operating during the restricted activity curfew hours are to transport essential services employees only, as all other persons must adhere to the issued timelines for the curfew."
COVID-19 Curfew: Last Transport Board bus at 7 pm with half a load
[Original story: 2.45 pm, March 28, 2020]
The last Transport Board bus is at 7 pm and its capacity has been halved.
The Transport Board is adjusting to the requirements necessary as Barbados transitions to Stage 3 and implements a nightly curfew for the next 14 days.
In a press release, the Transport Board, one of the island's providers of essential services, the CEO of Transport Board Fabian Wharton stated: “We have already made the necessary adjustments to our schedules in keeping with the new announced national hours of operation.”
The Transport Board will now be commencing its daily service from 6.15 am with the last bus being deployed at 7 pm. From March 28 to April 14 Barbados is under a curfew from 8 pm to 6 am.
Additionally, busloads have also been reduced.
Wharton also noted that in light of the move to Stage 3 in the COVID-19 plan there would be some changes relating to ridership.
“In compliance with the national standard we have made the decision to lower the capacity on the buses to 50 per cent, however, we will be increasing the frequency of buses to offset the reduced capacity and limit inconvenience to commuters.”
Prior to the curfew announcement on Thursday (March 26), the Transport Board would have already been taking preventative measures such as "sanitizing each of the terminals hourly and sanitizing buses from our fleet as well as buses from the TAP [Transport Augmentation Programme] after each trip,” Wharton reminded.