Letter to the Editor: Let the Commuters Beware

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Dear Editor,

When I heard Castro was meeting with the Bus Drivers Association I was happy. But the happiness was short-lived. All the Association was worried about was making money the easiest way. I want to suggest to them that great service also makes them money. THE COMMUTERS MATTER.

I will be fair so let me say what they do well. The buses generally leave on time except on Sundays and if you live in an in between town or community. Also, they don’t bruk down as much as before. It still hurts when it happens as competing bus lines do not stop for you.

Back to negatives… when the buses bruk down there is no one informing the people. GIANT DISRESPECT. Same goes to traffic or police when they stop the buses for long periods. We commuters wish to get to work/home, every second counts.

Commuters are tired of the same old US rejected school buses. Yes there are a few bucket-seat type ‘greyhound’ buses but these are few and in between. It should be the other way around. I still wonder how the old green buses charge more and have the worse of attitudes among their conductors.

All the terminals in the country are badly kept. There are occasional upgrades but they could be better. If you look carefully you might notice what the upgrades are. People spend many hours of their lives there…come on.

In my humble opinion, ‘haad’ time breeds crime as we know and it also spurs the phenomenon of traveling further and further from home for our bread and butter(COMMUTING). Some people spend 4 hours a day travelling. Calculate the monthly toll and it can be four times 20 days equals 80 hours. This UDP government will be long gone when this begins to take a class action effect on the health of our Belizean commuters. This health effect is most likely long term.

Let me close off… Better buses should decrease the toll on the human body and the health of commuters.

Since I am writing to a political newpaper…A Better government led by you all with Johnny as leader should be able to increase prosperity and decrease the need to travel so far. But I understand commuting won’t go away, it comes with modern day development…let’s get better buses even if you take some of the Caracol money to loan bus companies. Subsidize them. It is cheaper to help the buses upgrade than to pay the health bill in the next 20 years.

Bus Owners and government met for what again??

Imagine the commuters decide to NOT travel in your buses.

Thanks

Normal Concerned Peasant

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