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What's Trending: Transport Board Blues

Looka Lew, lookalew@nationenws.com

Added 10 November 2013

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The Nation’s Online Editor Sherrylyn Toppin looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados. With the cash-strapped Transport Board deep in the red and unable to pay wages, the issue of free travel for school children was back in the spotlight. For many online readers, school children should have to pay at least a minimum fee of $1 to travel. While the problems at the Transport Board are nothing new, some readers felt it was time for harsh decisions to be made, including the redistribution of some of the lucrative short-haul routes which were given to private operators. This is what readers had to say: Orson Arthur: This has been the problem with the Transport Board for the past fifty years. Nothing has changed. In this modern day and age they still can’t get their act together. Bim Bum: Make the school children pay $1 per ride! Tony Waterman: The Transport Board is not making any money, because somewhere along the way the persons of power found it more enriching to give “the money-making routes” to their friends/family/business partners. Kái Jài: Still think free travel for school children was a good idea? Bajan Cougar: There was a good system going where bus tickets went to the schools for the ones who could not afford the bus fare and the Ministry of Education paid for them. Time to go back to that system. Julia Whitehall: Harsh choices have to be made in order to attempt to get the Transport Board out of the hole that they are in and the harsh decisions have to be made sooner rather than later. Gabrielle Crichlow: The school children riding free was a stupid idea from the beginning. Transport Board was already in financial problems. You think giving people free rides would make it better? Kenneth King: I do not think it was a bad idea, however the programme has not worked and a minimal bus fee should be implemented.

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