Buses – Support Transit http://supporttransit.org/ Mon, 16 May 2022 13:27:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://supporttransit.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/icon-8-120x120.png Buses – Support Transit http://supporttransit.org/ 32 32 ! Murcia Today – Buses to Corvera airport: not enough, at the wrong time and in the wrong place https://supporttransit.org/murcia-today-buses-to-corvera-airport-not-enough-at-the-wrong-time-and-in-the-wrong-place/ Mon, 16 May 2022 13:27:28 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/murcia-today-buses-to-corvera-airport-not-enough-at-the-wrong-time-and-in-the-wrong-place/ Publication date: 05/16/2022 There is confusion and consternation in Murcia over planned summer bus routes to and from Corvera The airport bus service between Cartagena and Murcia and Corvera Airport in Murcia has been canceled during the Covid-19 lockdown due to a lack of people flying into the area. It has since been announced that […]]]>

Publication date: 05/16/2022

There is confusion and consternation in Murcia over planned summer bus routes to and from Corvera

The airport bus service between Cartagena and Murcia and Corvera Airport in Murcia has been canceled during the Covid-19 lockdown due to a lack of people flying into the area.

It has since been announced that from June there will be twelve daily buses run by the Interbus company, which will run to and from the airport to Murcia’s two main towns – three from each destination at the airport and three from the airport to the cities.

  • Murcia – Corvera: 8:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; 8 p.m.
  • Corvera – Murcia: 10:55 a.m.; 1 p.m.; 9:30 p.m.
  • Cartagena – Corvera: 10 a.m.; 1 p.m.; 9:30 p.m.
  • Corvera – Cartagena: 9:10 a.m.; 12:10 p.m.; 8 p.m.

However, the scarcity of the number of buses put into service and the departure times do not correspond to the schedules of most flights departing from or arriving at the airport.

For example, the first bus from Cartagena leaves at 10am, but it will arrive too late for Cartagena residents who want to catch the first flights from Corvera to Brussels, Bristol, Bournemouth and London Stansted before 11am.

Conversely, the 1pm bus, which is the next bus from Cartagena to the airport, arrives well before the 5.10pm easyJet flight to London Gatwick. Despite the perpetual advice to always arrive at the airport two hours before your flight departs to allow plenty of time for check-in, anyone who has ever flown into Corvera Airport will know that it doesn’t take two hours to check in. save, let alone three and a half.

For the last buses of the day, those heading to the airport from Cartagena will arrive long after the last flights of the day have departed, as the last flights out of Corvera are usually the 21:30 Ryanair service to Dublin and the flight easyJet from 9:40 p.m. at Gatwick. This last bus will essentially be a useless service that will look like a ghost bus.

Similarly, the last buses from the airport to Murcia City and Cartagena leave too early to carry passengers arriving on the later flights of the day (also from Dublin and Gatwick).

The scarcity of buses and poorly scheduled service times will force many travelers to either take expensive taxis to and from the airport or find another way to get around. In addition, there has not yet been talk of restoring the bus lines to Mazarrón and Águilas, nor those to the Mar Menor and La Manga.

While the airport buses only serve the cities of Cartagena and Murcia, people who need to go to other localities such as Mazarrón, Camposol, San Javier, Los Alcázares or other towns around the Mar Menor will have to still take taxis to get to their final. destination.

Improve bus service

Of course, in order to put more buses to and from Cartagena and Murcia, as well as to include other popular destinations in the Murcia region at the stops, there must be sufficient demand and more flights passing through the airport .

For example, it is surprising that there are no flights between Corvera and anywhere in Germany or the Netherlands when many German and Dutch tourists and expatriates regularly wish to travel between the two destinations. There are also no flights from Sweden and only one Scottish destination.

The regional government of Murcia has promised to monitor the situation closely and will introduce more buses if it sees that there are many people who will use them. But if the service is at the wrong time for someone to use it, how and why is someone going to use it.

The situation is worth monitoring as the summer progresses, and things may improve as more flights come through and more bus services are (hopefully) added.

But at the moment the current plans for the airport bus to and from Murcia Corvera airport are woefully inadequate.

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Buses not serving the George Park and Ride terminal later this week https://supporttransit.org/buses-not-serving-the-george-park-and-ride-terminal-later-this-week/ Mon, 16 May 2022 04:55:00 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/buses-not-serving-the-george-park-and-ride-terminal-later-this-week/ Breton side Monday May 16 Three-way signals at Vauxhall Street junction, 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday New gas connection Wales and West Utilities Furzehatt Path From Monday 16 to Tuesday 17 May (one evening) Road closed between Underlane and Memory Lane, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Resurfacing South West Highways Ham Drive From […]]]>

Breton side

Monday May 16

Three-way signals at Vauxhall Street junction, 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday

New gas connection

Wales and West Utilities

Furzehatt Path

From Monday 16 to Tuesday 17 May (one evening)

Road closed between Underlane and Memory Lane, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Resurfacing

South West Highways

Ham Drive

From Monday 16 to Friday 27 May

Two-way signaling outside 186, 24 hours a day (manual control from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

Aqueduct works

South West Water

Honicknowle Way

From Monday 16 May to Thursday 16 June

2-way (rolling) signs, from number 421 to Honicknowle Green, 24 hours a day

New offer

Western Power Distribution

Road to Tamerton Foliot

From Monday 16 May to Monday 20 June

2-way signals between Treetops and Greenbanks, 24 hours a day (manually controlled at peak times)

Sewer works

South West Water

Woolwell Road

From Monday 16 to Friday 27 May

Two-way signals between the roundabout near Tesco and Woolwell Drive, 24 hours a day (if required)

fiber cable works

CityFibre

Braddon Hill

Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 May

Three-way (rolling) signals, at Park Close junction, then at St Margarets Road junction, 9.30am to 3.30pm

Installation of a new pole

BT

Furzehatt Path

From Tuesday 17 to Wednesday 18 May (one night)

Two-way signals at the Goosewell Road junction, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Resurfacing on Goosewell Road

South West Highways

Goosewell Road

From Tuesday 17 to Wednesday 18 May (one night)

Road closure, from the junction with Furzehatt Road to Staddon Park Road, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Resurfacing

South West Highways

Outland Road (one way)

tuesday may 17

Lane closures (alternating) between Onslow Road and Beauchamp Road, 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Intersected circulation loop

Dynniq

Elliott Road

From Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 May (two nights)

Road closed between Cattewater Road and Embankment Road, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Resurfacing

South West Highways

Embankment Road (incoming)

From Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 May (two nights)

No left turns on Tintern Avenue, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Resurfacing on Elliott Road

South West Highways

Longbridge Road

From Wednesday 18 to Thursday 19 May (one night)

Two-way signals near St Mowden Road junction, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Manhole repair

Wales and West Utilities

Merafield Drive

Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May

Three-way signals at Merafield Rise junction, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Manhole repair

Wales and West Utilities

Avenue Tintern

From Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 May (two nights)

Reversing the one-way system between Embankment Road and Embankment Road Lane South, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Resurfacing on Elliott Road

South West Highways

Station Road (Tamerton Foliot)

From Thursday 19 to Friday 20 May (one night)

Road closed between Fore Street and the hair salon, 24 hours a day, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Pre-correction work

South West Highways

Wolseley Road (one way)

Thursday May 19

One lane closed from Lidl to Barne Road (maintained left turn), 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Coring work

South West Highways

Miller Road

From Friday 20 May to Monday 6 June

Two-way and three-way (rolling) signals between St Marks Road and Research Way bus stop, 24 hours a day (manually operated at peak times)

fiber cable works

CityFibre

WORK IN PROGRESS/IN PROGRESS

Alderney Road

Until Friday 20 May

Two-way signals at Inchkeith Road junction, 24 hours a day

Cable layering works

Western Power Distribution

Bampfylde Way (eastbound)

Until Thursday July 21

Closed eastbound from Bonville Road at the junction near Hendwell Close, 24 hours

New offer

Wales and West Utilities

Blunts Street

Until Saturday 31 December

Road closed, 24 hours a day

Forder Valley Link Path

Balfour Beatty

Route de Brest (north)

Until Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Road closed northbound from William Prance Road to Derriford roundabout (access to emergency services from Morlaix Drive to Derriford roundabout maintained under signage control), 24 hours a day

Improvements to access to Drive de Morlaix

South West Highways

Clitaford Road

Until Thursday July 21

Bampfylde Way to Rockfield Avenue 24-hour multi-way (rolling) signs

New offer

Wales and West Utilities

Cot Hill (to the north)

Until Friday 20 May

Road closed from Valley Road to Plymouth Road, 24 hours

Bridge repairs

Railway network

View from Darklake

Until Wednesday, May 25

Three-way signals at Plymbridge Road junction, 24 hours a day (hand-operated 7am-7pm)

New offer

Western Power Distribution

Dean Cross Road

Until Tuesday, June 28

Multi-directional signs between Dean Hill and Horn Cross Road, (manually controlled from 7am to 7pm)

Gas line replacement

Wales and West Utilities

Eggbuckland Road

Until Thursday, May 26

Three and four lane (rolling) signals at Higher Compton Road junction, then at Reservoir Road junction, 24 hours a day (manually controlled at peak times)

fiber cable works

CityFibre

Elburton Road/Haye Road/Stanborough Road

Until Friday, May 27

Multi-directional signage and various lane closures at all approaches to the roundabout, 24 hours a day (manual control from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

New offer

Western Power Distribution

Forder Valley Path

Until Saturday June 11 (nights)

Road closed to through traffic (access to/from BP service station and Wilburt Road serviced via Leigham roundabout), 7pm to 6am (no works on Saturday or Sunday evening or on public holidays from Jubilee)

Works on the Forder Valley Link Road

Balfour Beatty

Forder Valley Path

Until Friday July 22

One lane closed on approach to Novorossiysk Road (from Leigham Roundabout), 24 hours

Forder Valley Link Path

Balfour Beatty

Forder Valley Path

Until Friday August 19

Speed ​​limit reduced to 30 mph, 24 hours a day

Forder Valley Link Path

Balfour Beatty

Ford Valley Road/Novorossiysk Road

Until Saturday July 30

Two-way signals at the junction, without direct access from Novorossiysk Road to Forder Valley West, 24 hours a day (manually controlled during peak hours)

Forder Valley Link Path

Balfour Beatty

Hague Road

Until Wednesday May 18

2-way signage at Nursery Gardens Junction, 24 hours (manual control 7am-7pm)

New offer

Wales and West Utilities

Honicknowle Green/Avenue Montacute

Until Thursday, June 16

Two-way (rolling) signage from Honicknowle Lane to Montacute Avenue (Phase 1) and 57 Montacute Avenue to Honicknowle Green (Phase 2), 24 hours a day

New offer

Western Power Distribution

Hooe Hill

Until Friday, May 25

Road closed between Belle Vue Road and Sharrose Road, 24 hours a day

New offer

Western Power Distribution

Inchkeith Road

Until Friday 20 May

One-way restriction (no access from Skerries Road to Clittaford Road) 24 hours. In addition, two and three-way rolling signals between and at the junctions of Skerries Road and Rockfield Avenue, 24 hours a day

Cable layering works

Western Power Distribution

Lockington Avenue

Until Tuesday, May 17

Two-way rolling signals from number 28 to number 130, 24 hours a day

fiber cable works

CityFibre

Mannamed Road

Until Monday, May 16 (excluding weekends)

Two-way signals near Hermitage Road, 24 hours a day (manually controlled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

New offer

Western Power Distribution

Miller Road

Until Friday 20 May

Two-way and three-way (rolling) signals between Rogate Drive and the Marjon Trail bus stop, 24 hours a day (manually operated at peak times)

fiber cable works

CityFibre

Morlaix Drive (eastbound)

Until Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Road closed eastbound (towards hospital), 24 hours

Improvements to access to Drive de Morlaix

South West Highways

New George Street

Until Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Road closed between Old Town Street and Tesco Metro, 24 hours

Downtown Improvement Program

Mildren Construction

North Prospect Road

Until Friday 20 May

Two-way signals between Laurel Road and Dingle Road, 24 hours a day (manually controlled at peak times)

The connection is working

Fred Champion Groundworks Ltd

Norwich Avenue

Until Friday May 20 (extended)

Road closed between Winchester Gardens and Budshead Road, 24 hours a day

Tree felling and drainage works

South West Highways

Novorossiysk Road

Until Saturday June 11 (nights)

Road closed between Miller Way and Forder Valley Road, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (no works on Saturday or Sunday evening or during Jubilee holidays)

Works on the Forder Valley Link Road

Balfour Beatty

Novorossiysk Road

Until Wednesday, June 29

Speed ​​limit reduced to 30 mph between Forder Valley Road and Miller Way, 24 hours a day

Forder Valley Link Path

Balfour Beatty

Novorossiysk road (to the north)

Until Friday July 22

One lane closure from Forder Valley Road to Miller Way, 24 hours

Forder Valley Link Path

Balfour Beatty

Plymbridge Road (northbound)

Until Tuesday July 12

Alternating (rolling) lane closures from Estover Road roundabout to North junction of Thornbury Road, 24 hours a day

Work on sidewalks and cycle paths

South West Highways

Plymbridge Way

Until Saturday 31 December

Road closed from Forder Valley Road to Blunts Lane (access to Poole Farm maintained) 24 hours

Forder Valley Link Path

Balfour Beatty

Portland Square Lane North

Until Monday July 29

Closed road from Kirkby Place for 25 meters westbound, 24 hours

Coating renewal

KierConstruction

Randwick Park Road (southbound)

Until Tuesday, June 28

Closed southbound from Forresters Road to Plymstock Road, 24 hours

Gas line replacement

Wales and West Utilities

Sheepstor Road

Until Thursday, June 30

Road closed between Thurlestone Walk and Novorossiysk Road, 24 hours a day

Roadway, sidewalk, traffic island and shoulder works for Forder Valley Link Road

Balfour Beatty

Staddiscombe Road

Until Tuesday, May 17

Road closed between Leyford Lane and Hooe Lane, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Locating and removing the blockage

gigaclear

Sutherland Road

Until Sunday May 29

Road closed on the railway bridge, from 9 p.m. Saturday to 9:30 a.m. Sunday only (walkway open at all times)

Bridge renovation works

Railway network

Wide track

Until Thursday, June 9

Two-way and three-way (rolling) signals, 24 hours a day (manually controlled during peak hours at Fort Austin Avenue)

fiber cable works

CityFibre

Wilburt Road

Until Sunday July 31

No right turns on Forder Valley Road, 24 hours a day

Construction of a new central island on Forder Valley Road

Balfour Beatty

Wolseley Road (one way)

Until Monday, May 16

One lane closed outside the petrol station near the Segrave Road roundabout, from 9.30am to 3.30pm

Installation and connection of poles

EE Ltd and Western Power Distribution

Wolseley Road

Until Friday 20 May

Two-way signage facing 506 (approaching Place St Budeaux), 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (no weekend work)

Reconstruction of the wall

Railway network

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Delhi allows introduction of 1,500 electric low-floor buses into public transport fleet https://supporttransit.org/delhi-allows-introduction-of-1500-electric-low-floor-buses-into-public-transport-fleet/ Sat, 14 May 2022 05:17:00 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/delhi-allows-introduction-of-1500-electric-low-floor-buses-into-public-transport-fleet/ The Delhi government on Friday approved the introduction of 1,500 electric low-floor buses into its public transport fleet, according to an official statement. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has also decided to allocate 10 sites to various agencies for setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and battery swapping stations under the […]]]>

The Delhi government on Friday approved the introduction of 1,500 electric low-floor buses into its public transport fleet, according to an official statement.

The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has also decided to allocate 10 sites to various agencies for setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and battery swapping stations under the Delhi EV Policy 2020 , she said.



The city government also gave approval to operate 75 interstate buses along 11 routes across five states and one union territory.

The DTC Board of Directors has also decided to increase the allowance paid to women during the training for engagement as drivers on a contractual basis from Rs 6,000 to Rs 12,000 per month with the HMV driving license .

The council had already removed the requirement of holding an HMV driver’s license for at least three years for women seeking employment as bus drivers in its fleet, the statement said.

The 10 sites that have been awarded to various service providers for establishing EV battery charging and swapping stations are Ambedkar Nagar Depot, Jal Vihar Terminal, Dilshad Garden Terminal, Karawal Nagar Terminal, Shadipur Depot, Mayapuri Depot, Bindpur Terminal, East Vinod Nagar, Punjabi Bagh and Rohini Depot-I.

Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) has identified four service providers through a tender process who will soon sign an agreement with DTC to set up the EV battery charging/swapping stations in these locations.

The DTC board also decided to provide approval in principle for the purchase of 75 (38 non-AC and 37 AC) CNG standard ground buses for interstate operations, he said.

These buses will run on 11 routes across five states (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab) and Chandigarh – between Delhi-Rishikesh, Delhi-Haridwar, Delhi-Dehradun, Delhi-Haldwani, Delhi-Agra, Delhi-Bareilly, Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Jaipur, Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Patiala, according to the statement.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Erie Greyhound ticket office closed but buses still running https://supporttransit.org/erie-greyhound-ticket-office-closed-but-buses-still-running/ Thu, 05 May 2022 15:32:58 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/erie-greyhound-ticket-office-closed-but-buses-still-running/ A handful of passengers waited outside a Greyhound bus in Erie on Thursday morning. Greyhound’s Erie ticket office and waiting room are closed, possibly permanently. Passengers must now get on or off Greyhound buses behind the office, located in the Intermodal Transportation Hub on East Bayfront Parkway. Jim Joseph Thomas, 29, an MBA student from […]]]>

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Link Transit Acquires Eight More Byd Battery Electric Buses for Central Washington Community https://supporttransit.org/link-transit-acquires-eight-more-byd-battery-electric-buses-for-central-washington-community/ Wed, 04 May 2022 23:12:05 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/link-transit-acquires-eight-more-byd-battery-electric-buses-for-central-washington-community/ BYD announced Tuesday that Wenatchee-based Link Transit has purchased eight additional US-made 30-foot BYD battery-electric buses, building on Link’s long-standing commitment to fuel-saving transit technology. energy and zero emissions. The eight new BYD buses will complement Link’s all-electric fleet of 12 30- and 35-foot vehicles, with three additional 35-foot buses on order. Once the new […]]]>

BYD announced Tuesday that Wenatchee-based Link Transit has purchased eight additional US-made 30-foot BYD battery-electric buses, building on Link’s long-standing commitment to fuel-saving transit technology. energy and zero emissions.

The eight new BYD buses will complement Link’s all-electric fleet of 12 30- and 35-foot vehicles, with three additional 35-foot buses on order. Once the new vehicles are delivered, almost half of Link’s total fleet of 48 heavy-duty vehicles will be fully electric.

“We are grateful for our partnership with Link Transit and for the opportunity to provide their community with state-of-the-art vehicles that are redefining public transit,” said Patrick Duan, Senior Vice President of Operations at BYD.

The eight new buses are built by BYD at its coach and bus manufacturing plant in Lancaster, California. Each zero-emission BYD bus built in the United States eliminates about 1,690 tons of carbon dioxide over its 12-year lifespan, according to the US Department of Transportation. This is equivalent to removing 27 cars from the road. Each bus also removes 10 tons of nitrogen oxides and 350 pounds of diesel particulates, improving air quality in the communities they serve.

“These vehicles have been a huge success for us. With no opportunity charge, we see a range of 190 usable miles. With our Momentum Dynamics Wireless Pre-Owned Chargers, we extend that range to over 300 miles per day by charging vehicles for 5-7 minutes 4-5 times per day while the vehicle is in the terminal at its hourly end. ‘waiting. . We have successfully replaced our diesel buses with our BYD buses on an individual basis. We use these vehicles for all of our urban journeys, on a daily basis, with significantly lower operating costs. Working with BYD has been great,” said Richard DeRock, General Manager of Link Transit.

Link Transit’s battery-electric fleet in 2022 costs an average of 44 cents per mile in total operating costs, compared to 88 cents per mile for its diesel vehicles. (With the recent spike in diesel prices, the cost per mile has increased to 92 cents).

DeRock noted that the battery-electric buses have been particularly good at navigating the extreme weather conditions in Link Transit’s service area. “It’s a very tough operating environment – ​​our winters are cold and we can see 100 degrees in the summer. Finding vehicles capable of maintaining their effective autonomy under these conditions is of crucial importance,” he said.

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Buses leaving Dhaka charge double fare https://supporttransit.org/buses-leaving-dhaka-charge-double-fare/ Wed, 04 May 2022 09:15:00 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/buses-leaving-dhaka-charge-double-fare/ Even on the second day of Eid, the capital’s bus stations were packed with people confined to their homes. However, it has been alleged that buses from the capital charge customers extremely high fares, sometimes even double that. In particular, double fare is charged on AC buses. Passengers complained about extra fares in a conversation […]]]>

Even on the second day of Eid, the capital’s bus stations were packed with people confined to their homes. However, it has been alleged that buses from the capital charge customers extremely high fares, sometimes even double that. In particular, double fare is charged on AC buses.

Passengers complained about extra fares in a conversation with our correspondent who visited various bus terminals in the capital on the second day of Eid-ul-Fitr (Wednesday).

The government has not set the rate for Eid this time, which means that the usual rate set by the government should be in effect even on the day of Eid. But that was not the case.

As the government did not set any fares for AC buses earlier, carriers charge arbitrary fares for these buses.

Transport workers said that during Eid, buses had to return from outside the capital with almost no passengers. This additional rent is taken to compensate for this loss.

Transport experts say there is no legal or ethical basis for charging extra fares. They demanded immediate action from the government.

Ali Ashraf Sabuj, a passenger on the Shah Fateh Ali Paribahan bound for Bogra from Mohakhali inter-district bus station at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, told Business Standard that the AC bus fare from Dhaka to Bogra is Tk600. Now Tk1200 is loaded.

The situation is the same at Gabtoli and Saidabad bus stations.

Non-AC transport departing from the three inter-district bus stations in the capital has seen an increase of around 40% to 50%.

Sulman Mia, a passenger on a non-AC transport from Gabtoli to Rangpur, said, “I used to go to Rangpur on Eid-ul-Fitr day for 700/800 Tk. Today (Wednesday) I had to pay 1,100 Tk.”

Ramesh Chandra Ghosh, chairman of the Bangladesh Bus-Truck Owners Association, said many passengers were talking about extra fares. But the fact is that bus owners offer various discounts throughout the year but do not during Eid.

Ramesh, also the owner of Shyamli Paribahan, said that usually if someone got off the bus before the destination, they would pay accordingly, but during Eid, even if they got off early, they had to pay full fare .

For example, he says, if one goes to Cox’s Bazar on a bus bound for Teknaf, one has to pay the Teknaf fare. The question is explained to the passengers. They must also consider the side of the owners, he added.

Secretary General of Bangladesh Passenger Welfare Association, Md Mozammel Haque Chowdhury told TBS that the argument used by bus owners and authorities to charge extra fees is completely illegal.

Relevant government authorities are silent on this. Taking advantage of their indifference, transport owners have become reckless in charging extra fares.

He said a recent study by the Passenger Welfare Association revealed that transport owners will collect about Tk 8,000 crore in extra fares on the occasion of Eid this year.

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Buses experience a massive influx of passengers https://supporttransit.org/buses-experience-a-massive-influx-of-passengers/ Tue, 03 May 2022 04:11:02 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/buses-experience-a-massive-influx-of-passengers/ CARACHI: Karachi, the country’s largest urban metropolis, regularly experiences huge inter-city and inter-provincial movement of people during the festive season, on the occasion of Eidul Fitr. This had to be restricted under the protocols related to the pandemic of yesteryear. However, now that the city is fully open and travel unrestricted, Karachi residents, many of […]]]>

CARACHI:

Karachi, the country’s largest urban metropolis, regularly experiences huge inter-city and inter-provincial movement of people during the festive season, on the occasion of Eidul Fitr. This had to be restricted under the protocols related to the pandemic of yesteryear.

However, now that the city is fully open and travel unrestricted, Karachi residents, many of whom have been waiting for two years to spend the holidays with their families, have resumed crowding into local bus stations and hustle for a ticket. , in the absence of adequate special trains for Eid. Seeing the increased demand for public transport and the lack of options, various bus services have reportedly increased their prices by 30-40%, offering exorbitant fares to desperate commuters.

In this regard, the Ministry of Transport has reprimanded various bus operators, reminding them not to exploit the free market. John Baloch, Per Lee Market Intercity Bus Station Secretary, said much of the rush to bus stations was due to the fact that intercity and inter-provincial transport had been severely restricted during the previous two Eids. “This is the first time that people are free to move around without any restrictions. So as people rush to meet their families, the bus services are also trying to make up for the 30-40% of the losses they have suffered under Covid-19 protocols,” he said.

Wazir Khan, who works at an inter-provincial bus stop in Sohrab Goth, while addressing the influx of passengers, said pre-bookings have been halted at his terminal due to the incredible demand for inter-city and inter-provincial transport. “Tickets are now only available on a first-come, first-served basis. The minimum fare for intercity or inter-provincial buses is Rs 200 to Rs 300, while average fares are between Rs 400 and Rs 600, and long distance journeys are charged between Rs 700 and Rs 1,000 or more, depending on the operator and quality of service,” he said.

Speaking about compliance with coronavirus-related SOPs, Shakir Ahmed, an employee of Yousuf Goth bus station informed that face mask and social distancing requirements were thrown to the wind on intercity and inter-provincial buses as soon as the government scrapped travel bans. “No one bothers to check vaccination cards anymore. The coronavirus is now a thing of the past, it seems,” the employee commented.

Addressing the surcharges imposed on outgoing buses from Karachi, he said it is because most of these buses are loaded from Karachi while the number of people returning is not enough. According to Ahmed, this makes it difficult for bus operators to justify overhead costs such as fuel consumption and air conditioning expenses. “However, the fluctuation in ticket prices is mainly due to the smaller bus operators and not the larger bus services which have fixed fares. a rush of passengers due to the sheer volume of commuters compared to the transportation options available to them,” the station worker added.

In this regard, the head of the Intercity Bus Association, Riaz Malik, said that although there is a lot of traffic on intercity and interprovincial buses, not all bus operators have levied a surcharge. “This is inaccurate information,” he said. Moreover, the adviser to the chief minister of the province said that the transport department has advised intercity and inter-provincial bus operators not to charge extra fees during Eidul Fitr. “The department is taking legal action against bus owners who flout the government’s recommendation, in coordination with the district administration, and that action will continue,” he told The Express Tribune.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 3rd2022.

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Bus terminals: no smoking, keep buses in good condition https://supporttransit.org/bus-terminals-no-smoking-keep-buses-in-good-condition/ Mon, 02 May 2022 09:06:19 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/bus-terminals-no-smoking-keep-buses-in-good-condition/ Prior to the start of operations at the newly commissioned bus terminals at Ojoo and Challenge, Ibadan, the Oyo State Government organized a two-day orientation program for fleet managers, transporters and other bus terminal users. The Director General of Oyo State Road Traffic Management Agency (OYRTMA), Mr. Ayoade Adeoye, who was representing the Executive Chairman, […]]]>

Prior to the start of operations at the newly commissioned bus terminals at Ojoo and Challenge, Ibadan, the Oyo State Government organized a two-day orientation program for fleet managers, transporters and other bus terminal users.

The Director General of Oyo State Road Traffic Management Agency (OYRTMA), Mr. Ayoade Adeoye, who was representing the Executive Chairman, Mogaji Akin Fagbemi at the event, said the program is aimed to guide all terminal users on the proper use of facilities and how to behave, especially during operating hours, with the goal of transforming the transportation system and boosting the state’s economy.

He said: ‘We got them together today to give them health advice, safety advice, to let them know the new attitude they need to have because you can’t compare this place to their old garages and former places where they carried passengers. . It’s a modern setup that needs some sort of new direction.

One of the speakers at the event, the representative of National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mrs. Titilope Asiru advised terminal users against drug use and abuse, noting that the Drug dealers should not be allowed on terminal premises.

She also advised that passengers should be well supervised to guard against anyone attempting to smuggle incriminating substances into the terminals.

She said: We recommend that they try to ensure that they search passengers and their luggage very well, they should not be looking for money. They should know who they are transporting and set up some sort of monitoring unit that will monitor passengers who may be using drugs.

For his part, Chairman, Park Management System in the State, Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi, popularly known as the Auxiliary, highlighted the campaign to ban smoking in the terminal, while also advising users, especially drivers to ensure that their buses are in good condition.

Lamidi said: “They should make good use of this place so that the Governor will be impressed to do even more. It’s for our good and if we do well, the governor will build another better one for us. My advice to drivers is many. The first is that smoking is not allowed here.

“Second, they need to ensure their buses are in good condition and fit and third, the drivers need to have good approach and communication skills.”

Further, Consultant/Operations Manager of Ibadan Bus Terminals, Mr. Foluso Olubakinde explained that the orientation is needed as the terminal is a new transport system in the state, hence the need for familiarize users with the process and operational plan in the terminal, so that they can understand the concept of the terminal.

“The reason we organized this event is for us to reorient the pilots. We know they know their job but facility and terminal management is a new thing for drivers and we need to have some discussion so they can familiarize themselves with the process and operational plan in terminals so that they can understand the concept of the terminal.

Olubakinde disclosed that the Governor, having realized the need for proper facility management, said that government agencies that would secure the facilities and ensure the safety of terminal users and operators within the terminal, would be part of the guidance so that everyone would work together to make better use of the terminal.

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Government doesn’t need to add free return buses to meet fare hike https://supporttransit.org/government-doesnt-need-to-add-free-return-buses-to-meet-fare-hike/ Sun, 01 May 2022 06:38:54 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/government-doesnt-need-to-add-free-return-buses-to-meet-fare-hike/ Rising bus fares are inevitable when demand increases, while the number of buses in services does not increase Jakarta (ANTARA) – The government must increase the number of buses carrying returning Eid travelers as a precaution against rising bus fares, a lawmaker has said. “Rising bus fares are inevitable when demand increases, while the number […]]]>

Rising bus fares are inevitable when demand increases, while the number of buses in services does not increase

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The government must increase the number of buses carrying returning Eid travelers as a precaution against rising bus fares, a lawmaker has said.

“Rising bus fares are inevitable when demand increases, while the number of buses in services does not increase,” House of Representatives (DPR) Committee Member V Toriq Hidayat said in a statement. written published on Sunday.

He feared that the government’s failure to ensure that bus operators adhered to higher and lower bus fares would increase the burden on the public.

He understood the reasons for the increase in bus fares. One of the reasons is to offset the cost of running buses which usually have a low load factor when transporting travelers back from Eid to their home town.

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However, he did not want bus operators to increase the bus fare at will so that it exceeded the higher fare.

“Therefore, I appeal to the Ministry of Transport to ensure that this does not happen, including by making frequent unannounced visits to each main terminal and makeshift terminal during the return exodus period” , did he declare.

For its part, the Ministry of Transport must increase the quota of buses serving returning travellers.

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He estimated that the number of buses leased by the Ministry of Transport, which reached 686 for the Eid return program, is far from sufficient compared to previous forecasts.

“The Ministry of Transport can cooperate with regional governments and private parties in preparing buses for returning travellers. I think efforts to help low- and middle-income migrants will be commendable from them,” did he declare.

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]]> Commuters will get direct NJ Transit buses to Philly in June. Here’s how they do it. https://supporttransit.org/commuters-will-get-direct-nj-transit-buses-to-philly-in-june-heres-how-they-do-it/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 18:59:00 +0000 https://supporttransit.org/commuters-will-get-direct-nj-transit-buses-to-philly-in-june-heres-how-they-do-it/ NJ Transit commuters who travel to and from Philadelphia and lost their seat ride in February will get direct bus service in June, agency officials said Friday. The five bus routes that were moved after NJ Transit ended service to a Greyhound bus terminal for safety reasons will return to downtown when bus schedules change […]]]>

NJ Transit commuters who travel to and from Philadelphia and lost their seat ride in February will get direct bus service in June, agency officials said Friday.

The five bus routes that were moved after NJ Transit ended service to a Greyhound bus terminal for safety reasons will return to downtown when bus schedules change on June 25, said Michael Kilcoyne, general manager. bus operations.

“We’ve removed five lines from Greyhound and the five lines are going back to Philadelphia with a one-seat ride,” Kilcoyne told council members during a committee meeting on Friday. “I would characterize it as a full (service) restoration.”

Five N.J. Transit Philadelphia bus routes 408, 313, 315, 317 and 409 were rerouted to Camden on Feb. 28 after officials disagreed with changes to this downtown terminal that, in their view, caused safety problems for passengers and workers.

A sixth route, the 551 continued to run through downtown, terminating one block from the Greyhound Terminal in Market and 10th Street.

“All five lines stop one block south, next to the Greyhound Terminal,” Kilcoyne said. “They’re pretty much back to where they were.”

Since the change leaving the Greyhound Terminal, commuters have had to change buses at the Walter Rand Transport Center in Camden. While NJ Transit officials had connecting buses at the same stop, some complained about long waits if a bus was cancelled. Others said it added more connections to their trip, especially if they transferred to buses, subways or SEPTA trolleys in Philadelphia.

“This is great news to hear,” said Delaware Valley Association of Railroad Passengers South Jersey representative William Ritzler. “The idea of ​​providing access to the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia increases the appeal of intermodal travel connections due to proximity to Amtrak and other long-distance bus service providers. A winner- a winner for interstate bus passengers on both sides of the river.”

Commuters will have additional options, as the 317, 408 and 409 buses will follow the route of other existing NJ Transit buses to operate past 6th and Race streets to Market, Broad, Vine and Main streets, it said. he declares.

“Customers can disembark at any NJ Transit bus stop on this route,” Kilcoyne said.

Routes 313 and 315 that begin in Cape May will also resume one-seat trips to and from Philadelphia, bypassing the Greyhound Terminal and stopping a block away at Market and 10th Street, it said. he declares. These buses will continue to loop around the 30th Street Station using the same route as NJ Transits’ other 30th Street Station routes, he said.

“The Bus Service Plan team has done a great job of recreating these lines,” Kilcoyne said.

NJ Transit board members also praised the work.

“I wish board member Doshi was here, she would be happy to hear the staff come up with a creative solution to restore service,” said board member Shanti Narra, who is visiting. also in New York by bus. “I commend the staff.”

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