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Friction over new routes


CARLOS ATWELL, ​[email protected]

Friction over new routes

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The war of words continues between the Transport Authority and the public service vehicle (PSV) sector, this time over the new routes in St George.

On one hand, Morris Lee, interim chairman of the Association of Public Transport Operators, is accusing the authority of taking an ill-advised action without proper consultation. However, chairman Ian Estwick said the PSV operators had ample opportunities and disrespected the authority by not showing up to meetings, then crying foul.

Lee told the Nation in an interview yesterday: “Moving operators from Silver Sands to The Glebe area was an attempt to roll out a cross-country service to take care of those people who suffer for transport . . . but the private sector cannot provide a service to an area where there is not the commuter ridership to support the viability of the venture.

“Those routes rolled out by the Transport Authority have not been done with the full consultation of the private sector. If you’re going to roll out new routes, let the Transport Board gather that data, as we do not have the luxury of a subsidy,” he said.

 

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