TAP buses an alternative for commuters
Buses in the Transport Augmentation Programme (TAP) can fill the gap as the Transport Board continues to practise social distancing in the regular fleet.
With 34 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus, Barbados has entered stage three of the national response plan and part of that includes reducing social gatherings.
While transportation is listed as an essential service, Transport Board buses will be operating at 50 per cent capacity, leaving some commuters with the likelihood of being stranded.
Chief operations officer Lynda Holder reminded members of the public the buses in the TAP programme were still in operation.
“These vehicles, for all intents and purposes, are Transport Board vehicles and follow the same protocol, schedule and routes as our own buses. Pensioners and law enforcement officers can board these vehicles as they normally would a regular Transport Board vehicle,” she said in a media release.
The TAP started approximately one year ago when some public service vehicles joined the Transport Board’s fleet.
Holder said the buses could be easily identified by the “prominently placed triangular logo containing the Board’s own logo”.
She said operators are privy to the same customer service training as the Board’s drivers and assured commuters that the vehicles undergo the same cleaning and sanitising process. (PR/SAT)
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