Not too many Guyanese are pleased with the current state of public transportation in the country.
In a recent survey conducted by the Ministry of Public Works, only 41% of the Guyanese surveyed said they were satisfied with the service being provided by mini bus operators.
Route 43 buses which ply the Georgetown/Linden Route were found to be offering the best service, while route 40 buses which ply the Kitty/Campbellville route were found to be offering the poorest service.
“Route 31 (Georgetown/Wales) received a 55 percent rating; Route 32 (Georgetown/Parika) 41 percent; Route 42 (Georgetown/Timehri) 39 percent; Route 44 (Georgetown/Mahaica) 32 percent; Route 41 (Stabroek/South Ruimveldt) 31 percent; Route 45 (Stabroek/Main, Lamaha/Alberttown) 31 percent and Route 40 (Stabroek-Kitty/Campbellville) 29 percent”, a statement from the Ministry said.
The survey also found that 60% of persons in the public sector utilize public transportation and it was cheaper to operate the larger buses than the regular 15 seater mini buses.
Topping the list of complaints about the service from passengers is the manner of soliciting passengers at bus parks. That was followed by the type and loudness of music, buses being readily available during peak hours, adequate space (seating and legroom) and ease of boarding. Passengers surveyed did not complain about speeding as one of the daily “annoying scenarios”.
Over the years, there have been calls for a regularized public transportation service with larger buses.
According to Chief Transport Planning Officer, Patrick Thompson, there are 3,513 mini buses operating across the 8 routes in Guyana and that represents 67% of the public transportation vehicles in Guyana.
Filed: 9th February, 2015