Mottley’s call

TWO DAYS INTO higher bus fare and consequent unrelenting public criticism, transport heads and operators have been ordered to a meeting with Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

And something will have to give, said the Prime Minister’s spokesman Roy Morris yesterday, as he announced today’s 11 a.m. meeting at Government Headquarters.

“There is no doubt that the gap between the expectations of commuters and what is being delivered by both public and private sector operations is too great for business as usual to prevail, and it would not be a misrepresentation to describe what now obtains as being in crisis or near crisis,” press secretary Morris said.

Since Mottley, also Minister of Finance, announced in the March Budget that bus fare was moving from $2, after 11 years, to $3.50, reaction has been swift on whether it was generally too high, to whether the service was worth it.

On Monday some commuters were understanding about the change, but most spoke against it, particularly those in rural areas where the service was poor and it took them more than one trip to reach their destination. The situation worsened yesterday when hundreds of schoolchildren returning from the Easter break joined the overburdened routes.