A link to the following has been sent to PLP Candidate for Constituency #3, Lovitta Foggo
If there are reasons why many St. David’s islanders likely won’t vote for the PLP, one would have to be be the abysmal bus service, another would be the fact that after nine years the simple things still haven’t been taken care of.
Leaving work not long after 6, I headed to the bus terminal. A route #10 bus headed to St. Georges came 5 minutes after I arrived at the terminal. While all the seats filled, there were only 2 people left standing and it gave me the chance to read some of my latest book on the ride home. Arriving at the number one gate, however, has proven exactly why the PLP has alot of work still ahead of them.
The play by play:
7:05pm Arrived at the number one gate, expecting a short wait to ride into St. David’s
- Two buses marked “training” pass
- Two buses to Hamilton pass
- One bus from Hamilton to St. Georges passes
7:24pm and still no buses to St. David’s. It’s at this moment I decide I’m going to record this endeavor.
7:26pm another bus to Hamilton from St. Georges.
7:28pm a bus headed out of St. David’s to St. Georges passes, near empty
7:34pm a route 11 bus from Hamilton to St. Georges passes
Beginning to get impatient, I start examining my surroundings.
- One of the benches is broken and in horrible disrepair
- The board up on the wall is blank with no schedule or map posted to inform
7:38pm A minibus stops to pick up people who walked over to the road. I ask another individual what it takes to ride it and he informs me that it’s $4 to ride the minibus into St. David’s on top of the fee you pay to ride the public bus. Ridiculous
7:39pm Route 11 to Hamilton from St. Georges passes
7:43pm Another training bus passes
7:46pm Training bus again! And it’s driving in to St. David’s.
7:48pm The sun has set and streetlight in front of the bus stop turns off.
I quickly realize it’s one that’ll be annoyingly going on and off every couple minutes for the rest of the time I’m there.
7:49pm Route 10 to St. Georges passes
7:58pm a Hamilton bound bus passes
8:00pm, a St. David’s bound number 6 finally arrives.
8:01pm, I quickly realize that the bus isn’t going down St. David’s road, where I live closest and is instead headed down Southside
8:05pm, I hit the next stop button and disembark near Southside theater
8:08pm I’ve walked up behind the laundromat and thankfully see that the hole in the derelict fence is still there, which I pass through to get to St. David’s road.
8:18pm, I arrive home.
8:19pm The sheer comedic irony of life rears it’s head as I realize that Constituency #3 (St. David’s) candidate Lovita Foggo stopped and left a pamphlet by while I was on my epic journey home. One of her promises? Later night bus service but no mention of these issues.
If Ms. Foggo would like to earn the support of St. David’s islanders for the coming election, there are things she could do.
- Get a bus schedule and map put up in the bus stop
- Get the streetlight outside the bus-stop fixed
- Get the bench fixed or replaced
- Get the derelict fence removed or replaced with a proper gate or opening that allows people to walk through to the laundromat
- Get St. David’s bus schedule changed so that there are 2 direct evening routes from Hamilton to St. David’s to match the two direct morning routes.
Update (Friday Sept 14th, 10:00am):
I also attempted to send present Contituency #3 MP Susann Roberts-Holzhouser an email with regards to these issues however the email address listed on the UBP website does not work which is not helpful.
After some extra effort I’ve tracked down another email address for her and have sent along a link to this article.