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Campbell: Everything In Place For Unified Bus System This Year

Social Services and Urban Development Minister Frankie Campbell.

Social Services and Urban Development Minister Frankie Campbell.

By RICARDO WELLS

Tribune Staff Reporter

rwells@tribunemedia.net

FORMER Transport and Local Government Minister Frankie Campbell yesterday said plans left in place by his team could culminate in a completed unified bus system this year.

Mr Campbell, who now serves as the minister of social services and urban development, has maintained that "all the heavy lifting is done" on the long-awaited unified system.

Mr Campbell, the member of Parliament for Southern Shores, said Cabinet has gone over all the budgetary items needed for the new system, insisting "the small details are being checked". His comments yesterday came a little over three months since he revealed in late June that a six-month pilot project would act as the test run for a new system.

Mr Campbell yesterday said, as far as he is aware, the system is proving successful and has brought the government closer to its goal of a reimagined public transportation system.

"The details were worked out," he said. "When I left, all the key details were in place and our plan for major change was ready to be rolled out and operated."

Mr Campbell added: "We have the major details such as the central bus depot, the old road traffic facility on West Bay Street, and all the minor stops along the route already hashed out.

"The budget lines, well the funds needed to manage the system, was already worked out.

"So all that was left was the small items; a couple of little things we had to discuss with some of the drivers," he said.

When asked to expound upon what he was referring to as the little things, Mr Campbell said: "The little details, we wanted to speak to the drivers about uniforms; minor details about the public service vehicles, things along those lines.

"Some aspects of the data collection system being proposed, we wanted to speak on that and how it would be used.

"So, like I said, the small things. And I trust in the coming weeks there will be so much more shared on this by the minister with responsibility for the sector.

"But be assured until then, this government and particularly the Cabinet has committed itself to seeing this project through and we are doing just that.

"You see the road traffic efforts coming along, the new legislations and so on; all a part of our effort to truly improve transport matters in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas," he said.

The pilot project had a budget of approximately $700,000.

According to Mr Campbell, through the Inter-American Development Bank, the Italian government provided a grant of $500,000. He also said the Bahamian government will complement that money with about $200,000.

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Sickened 5 months, 2 weeks ago

This would be a WONDERFUL thing.

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TalRussell 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Comrade Frankie's code for if there is a fuc#up to the launch Unified Bus System as result of the light lifting stuff - blame my ministerial replacement cause I had done, done all necessary heavy liftin. This is what two peas in pot means to 'ascend' role as Imperial PM's traveling creole interpreter. { How could you possibly make "Frankie the Pea" up? }.

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sheeprunner12 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Why is this babbling fool still in Cabinet???????? ........... He left Transport, P.Office and Local Govt all capunkled up ............ now he in Social Services ....... Only God knows ......... Still gat receipts and old tags in many Family Islands after 18 months of the FNM (except we, south of Exuma don't count as Bahamians)

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bogart 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Any efforts to get anyting like a proper oorganized Municipal Transit system hope they copy other Municipal transit systems... 1.productivitty to users showing ip to work on time 2. School children benefit 3. Clearly identified demarkated bus stop only location will organize better flow instead of picking up passengers every 50 ft 4. Lack or drivers forced to race ....block....slowdown speedup traffic danger to all to vie for fares each other 5. Scheduled time of pick up and departure will teach Bahamians to be better yime organized.... 6 usage of tickets can offer doscounts gor bulk amd safety to school children 7. Persons need not buy cars...thpusamds of dollarsif there is dependable ttansit systrm 8. Absolutely amazing after decades of seeming political influenced handing out of jitney plates that anyone can make any effort to have a proper functioning tansit !!!!!....improve lives of many pore users

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birdiestrachan 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Is the same fellow who is making a great big mess with the post office site??

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ohdrap4 5 months, 2 weeks ago

when i read the headline, I thought Inigo had written more comedy.

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OriginalBey 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah. This is one I will have to see to believe. As long as there is competition among different companies and individual owners, they will continue to operate the way they do now.

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MaryMack53 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Excited to say the least. Overly joyed and looking forward to this change. A unified bus system in the Bahamas is long overdue.

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BONEFISH 5 months, 2 weeks ago

A unified public transportation system is overdue on the island of New Providence by at the least forty years. We should had this system on this island from the 1960 's.

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