Route 42 minibus drivers get “temporary” park on Bugle Street

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After more than two weeks without a proper park, bus drivers plying the East Bank Demerara (EBD) corridor have been temporarily relocated to Bugle Street, Georgetown – south of the old Guyana National Co-operative Bank building.

However, operators are concerned about rampant criminal activities in the area and some have since proposed to give the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) money to install street lights.

Scores of mibibus operators were displaced after City Hall cordoned off their park to use as a temporary market for those vendors who are stationed at the Stabroek Market Wharf, which recently collapsed.

Chaos and confusion described the setting on the park area as the bus drivers had no fixed place to be stationed to collect passengers.

Commuters were also severely affected as they did not know where to go to access the public transportation service.

Town Clerk, Royston King Wednesday afternoon met with some minibus operators where he related City Hall’s plans to create a temporary park.

He explained that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) will assume the responsibility of maintaining the temporary park and to provide security.

Ranks of the City Constabulary along with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) will be stationed at the location so that both operators and commuters can be safe.

They will also be tasked with ensuring the operations are conducted in an orderly fashion and to make sure the “hot plate” buses follow the rules.

King said some of the operators he met have agreed to work a line system and he urged the operators to encourage their colleagues to cooperate.

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