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Profile of Transport Board
In June of 1955, the then Governor of Barbados, Sir Robert Duncan Harris Aurndall, KCMG, approved draft legislation and the Transport Board was formed three months later by an Act of Parliament on August 24, 1955.
Before 1955, public transportation in Barbados was provided by a variety of public concessionaires, licensed by the Director of Highways and Transport to operate on specific routes. The private concessionaires were experiencing difficulties maintaining their bus fleets, and by September 1955, the Government of Barbados took over 116 buses from eight concessionaires. These buses were used by the newly established Transport Board on routes formerly held by the private concessionaires.
The operation of the Transport Board was a
learning experience for all during the early years. There was no provision for either housing or servicing of the vehicles and none of the offices in the Public Sector were familiar or had persons experienced in the management of a public transportation system.
Along with the older units inherited, the government was advised that forty new units would be required over the next four years in order to bring the service to an adequate level. After an injection of capital, it was felt by all concern that the Board was now in a position to meet the needs of the traveling public and to eventually become self supporting.
The current Transport Board organization has left its humble beginnings behind to become a vital constituent to the economic development of Barbados. The Government is conscious of the fact that the economy of the country is driven by its workers and their ability to get to and from work is fundamental to fiscal security. To this end, the Government of Barbados has maintained bus fares at $2.00 in order to facilitate travel by the average citizen.
The Board now has a fleet of approximately 277 buses, which include two buses with wheel-chair facilities for the disable. The Board also has three terminals located at Fairchild Street, Bridgetown; Princess Alice Highway, St. Michael and Speightstown, St. Peter. A central staging depot is located at Mangrove, St. Philip, a sub-terminal at Oistins, Christ Church and its headquarters is located at Roebuck Street, Bridgetown.
The Board’s management team consists of the General Manager, five (5) Heads of Departments, one (1) Accountant and one (1) Quality Assurance Officer. Additional they are four Terminal Managers at the three terminals and the one depot. The organization is now operating on ninety-eight (98) routes across the island making public transportation accessible to as many persons as possible.
A new headquarters is envisaged within the near future for the Transport Board, as the Board has out grown its existing location. With five hundred and ninety seven (597) employees and a fleet of 155 buses at its present location, the necessity of a new home has become essential.
The purchase of new units with capabilities not present in the existing units will position the board to handle existing competition and lay the foundation to more efficiently service this island as well as the ability to retain its pivotal role in the economic development of Barbados.