Govt assures commuters there will be no increase in bus fare

Barbadians are being assured by the Freundel Stuart administration that the bus fare will not increase anytime soon.

The assurance was given by Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley following a tour of the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal this morning.

Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley
Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley

“Not at this stage. We can’t do it to them [commuters] right now,” Lashley replied when asked by Barbados TODAY if there was any likelihood of the $2 fare rising in the foreseeable future.

The minister admitted, however, that the fare was too low, but could not say how long the Government was willing to maintain the existing rate, which was last adjusted in 2011 from the previous $1.50.

At the same time, Lashley pointed out that the one-tier rate was the lowest in the Caribbean.

In its most recent annual report, published in 2009, the Transport Board revealed that passengers rode on state-owned buses 23.9 million times during that year.

Manager of marketing and corporate communications Lynda Holder told Barbados TODAY she believed the 2014 figure would be the same.

Holder attributed this to operational challenges.

The statistics also revealed that pensioners made more than two million trips, while school children recorded in excess of four million.

The bus availability at the depot level varied throughout 2009.

The average bus availability to the peak bus requirement was 99 per cent at Weymouth, but stood at 87 per cent at the Speightstown Depot and 85 per cent at the Mangrove Depot.

Asked about the current state of bus service, Minister Lashley replied: “we have not had the complaints we have had earlier in the year so I think there has been some improvement.”

However, he noted that even if the service was 95 per cent satisfactory, there would still be some “dissenting voices.”

26 Responses to Govt assures commuters there will be no increase in bus fare

  1. Neysa Huey
    Neysa Huey December 23, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Is it just me? But I could swear that every time this Government promises something won’t happen, it does!

  2. K Tremaine Gilkes
    K Tremaine Gilkes December 23, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Well since the government has made this assurance I shall brace myself for an increase in bus fare.

    • Rob December 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      the hint is there , ( quote: fare was too low) 🙂

  3. Addison Cortlandt
    Addison Cortlandt December 23, 2014 at 7:23 am
  4. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock December 23, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Not yet!

  5. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith December 23, 2014 at 8:37 am

    hmmm! pantomime time

  6. Jason Bowen
    Jason Bowen December 23, 2014 at 8:44 am

    If there will be none I can only assume that gov will pay the transport board thru a subsidy for the losses they make. The transport board like any company needs to make profit to be viable. If there mandate is to transport ppl all over bdos then they must be allowed to charge an appropriate fare to recoup the costs involved. Or governmnet must provide a subsidy. Its as simple as that

  7. Haroon Chothia
    Haroon Chothia December 23, 2014 at 8:53 am

    as u can see it will eventually happen cus dem say ” bus fare will not increase anytime soon. “

  8. Lucia Aniela Parris
    Lucia Aniela Parris December 23, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Bus fare needs to go up— wunna feel gas cheap? But there should also be an option to transfer if the trip is incomplete…or even be able to pay for weeks, or a month’s commute at a time— and yes I am one of those being shafted hardest by the taxes so I believe government needs to redistribute the responsibility for maintaining this state!

  9. John Harewood
    John Harewood December 23, 2014 at 11:49 am

    just like Pm assure no lost of jobs hmm

  10. Ouida Burnham
    Ouida Burnham December 23, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Stop the lies please please please just a matter of time

  11. Arlita Strose
    Arlita Strose December 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm


  12. ThickMadame Scantlebury
    ThickMadame Scantlebury December 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Make school children pay bus fare instead of joy riding from bus stop to bus stop

  13. Bobby Gilkes
    Bobby Gilkes December 23, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I agree with ThickMadame Scantlebury and them can carry up by a dollar gas ain’t cheap and the road bad and parts ain’t cheap

  14. Anna Bovell
    Anna Bovell December 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Stop being naive , its not just politicians to blame for the poor decision making in this country the public has to shoulder things to . Barbadians like to bury their heads in the sand and refuse to understand the reasoning behind some of the most serious decisions that need to be made , understand their necessity and enforce they are done early so we don’t have to go through the crapper. Politicians wait and wait and wait wait and draw out everything until its to late because one the public wont make sure its done and two if its done you string up the politicians for doing it. This cycle must stop. If the transport board is to become stable and efficient , fares must go up for the time being to try to at least fix the fleet and some of the admin needs overhauling that means more layoffs better said PEOPLE NEED TO BE FIRED in there because I don’t understand how some people still have their jobs in that Ministry and things are in such a poor state. They need a whole new route system as well . Cuss me for saying it now ….STOP BURYING YOUR HEADS IN THE SAND AND FORCE POLITICIANS TO DO THE RIGHT THING…. look at the sate of the BWA and their pipeline and maintenance system . That is another aspect left in a stagnant state because Bajans refuse to accept that small constant changes divert massive disruptions in a minute or two you all just wont be salty about no proper water access but your mouths will be dry as hell long before you all get on your talk show programs to “TALK ” ABOUT the issue endlessly to .. …. This isn’t just politicians now , its some sort of cycle . You all know damn well those Bus fare hikes have to come … STOP IT AND MAKE SOME SUGGESTIONS TO MAKE SURE WHEN THE FEES ARE RAISED THE SYSTEM IMPROVES TO…. INSTEAD OF WEEKS OF COMPLAINING THAT IT HAPPENED OR IT WILL ! #LetTheCussingBegin .. If the shoe is fitting you, feel free to wear it … it was made for you #Peace #SeasonsGreetings

  15. Di-sharon Boyce
    Di-sharon Boyce December 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Murdaaaa have to see it to believe it stupeeee

  16. Jack O
    Jack O'neal December 23, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Don’t trust DLP

  17. Omar Wiggins
    Omar Wiggins December 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Lucia Aniela Parris I can bet you a trillion dollars you has a car

    • Lucia Aniela Parris
      Lucia Aniela Parris December 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      And u think de hundreds of dollars in gas, road tax and insurance I pay from my average salary compares to even a year’s bus fare how????? I ain bend over for the car— I work hard as hell to maintain it!

    • Omar Wiggins
      Omar Wiggins December 23, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Well complain snout your rates you getting not bus fare that don’t concern you cause you getting rob with your car you want we get rob to come together help we say enough is the enough and then we can help you do the same

  18. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde December 23, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    They assured people about jobs too…that didn’t turn out so well!

  19. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne December 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    You believe dem?

  20. Gregory Drakes
    Gregory Drakes December 23, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    There better not be. $2 is high enough already.


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