The Introduction of Electric Buses in Barbados is leading the way

2022 CREF Awards Press Release

The Awards were established to recognize those leaders in the Caribbean energy sector who are making a lasting impact on the development of resilient and renewable energy systems in the region.

Award recipients were selected by an industry-leading Advisory Committee and we were honoured to win Best E-Mobility Project: Introduction of Electric Mobility into Public Transportation

See link above for the full release

Integration of Public Service Vehicles into the Speightstown Bus Terminal

               

The management of the Transport Board and the Transport Authority wishes to advise the travelling public that the integration of privately owned Public Service Vehicles into the Speightstown bus Terminal, which was scheduled to commence tomorrow 1st March 2022, will be delayed.

Due to the inclement weather experienced, final infrastructural works could not be completed as planned.

Consequently, the transition will commence on Monday 7th March 2022.

The management of the Transport Board and the Transport Authority thanks you for your understanding.

“You are in safe hands with Us”

A year after Barbados introduced e-mobility in public transport

From the desk of the Chief Operations Officer Mrs. Lynda Holder, MBA

It has been just over a year that Barbados introduced electric mobility into the public transport industry. At least once a month I am still asked “how are the buses working?” I usually respond “take a ride and tell me”. The buses are on the roads from 0500 o’clock to after midnight each day. Some of them are already at over 115,000km and growing. We now refer to them as our energiser bunnies because they keep going and going.

Apart from the customer-centric offerings such as Wi-Fi onboard the buses, air-conditioning, kneeling technology, onboard cameras, announcer systems and special identifying alerts for various categories of passengers, a number of vehicular improvements were also added to the fleet.

Reversing cameras and separate controls for the lights in the passenger cabin and the driver cabins offered improvements for the operation of the buses and were among other mechanical changes and opportunities for excellence.

The different power supply systems, their performance, the charging type, the battery capacity, and the operating environment were among some of the parameters that had to be addressed for the successful integration of these buses into the then existing fleet of the Transport Board. As such we had to learn new ways of managing our fleet as the State of Charge (SOC) is as important in the electric buses as the fuel levels are in a diesel unit.

To address this we introduced new technologies to manage, monitor and track the performance of the vehicles as we wanted the ability to get trends over time.

So how has the introduction to electric mobility worked in Barbados? We continue to learn, we continue to grow………and we purchased an additional fourteen more buses. We now have 49 electric buses in our fleet.

Leading the way for change.

Remember “you are in Safe Hands with Us.”

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Opportunity – Financial Controller

The Opportunity

The Transport Board invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced individuals to manage the Finance Department allowing for the timely and efficient reporting of the financial operations of the Transport Board and to establish and maintain effective financial management systems and procedures including budgeting, cost control, auditing, and revenue collection.

 The Scope of work:

*The management of the Finance Department to ensure proper functioning of the Accounts, Payroll, Fuel, Purchasing and Stores, Statistics and Revenue sub-sections.

  • Preparation and presentation of financial statements on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis
  • Completion of all schedules and audit information for the annual audit of the financial statements
  • Leads the preparation of the annual budget, forecasts and other information required by Ministries, Statutory bodies, and other stakeholders
  • Verifies and validates financial data in order to determine the organisation’s performance in terms of economy, efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepares and presents, when required, information on the organisation’s financial performance to the Board of Directors
  • Liaises with department heads and ensure good fiscal performance in keeping with the budget
  • Manages the relationship with creditors and debtors to ensure prompt settlement of accounts and the timely recovery of funds including rents from vendors’ booths.
  • Development and formulation of policies and controls to ensure effective management of the department with good internal controls and procedures
  • Ensures that the organisation is compliant with the requirements of the Public Finance Management Act
  • Implementing a program of sound fiscal control to reduce cost and maximize revenue

 Qualifications and experience required:

  • Holder of a professional accounting designation (ACCA, CGA/CPA)
  • At least three (3) to five (5) years’ post qualification experience in Financial Management
  • Knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards
  • Computer literacy including good knowledge of ACCPAC accounting software package and spreadsheet application
  • Ability to work under pressure and be deadline driven
  • Excellent managerial, communication and people management skills.

Deadline:

Applications along with Curriculum Vitae must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday 28th May 2021

See link to advertisement below

Vacancy – Financial Controller

Public Transportation and the Disabled Community

Did you know that the Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live? As we recognize the issue of developmental disabilities awareness this month, the question of public transport becomes pertinent.  We all agree that public transportation provides people with mobility and access to employment, community resources, medical care, and recreational opportunities.  This is the same for all.

The Transport Board is cognizant of this and developed a paratransit service called the Call-A-Ride unit some time ago to assist with public transportation for persons who were differently able.  Unfortunately over the last few years, this section of the Board’s services has encountered some challenges with resources.

Lack of reliable transportation is a major obstacle for people with disabilities, with some of them never leaving their homes simply because they lack a way to get around. Countless people with disabilities can’t reliably work, attend medical appointments or enjoy full independence. Unfortunately, lack of reliable transportation does not only keep people out of the workforce but also has far-reaching effects which can result in people being unable to contribute as taxpayers and as consumers.

We at the Transport Board realize this and have sought to address some of these challenges and with the recent purchase of the electric buses we have taken a step in the right direction. With the electric buses, we have now introduced wheelchair-accessible buses into the general route network.

These buses came with some features aimed specifically towards the differently able community and include the wheelchair ramp, an internal bus announcer system, kneeling technology, etc.

It is anticipated that these buses will assist in addressing some of the challenges identified above.

Until we are all able to live, work and move around freely we will always have a section of the community who do not get to live to their full potential. With the electric buses and the planned purchase of more, we are moving towards accessibility for all in the area of public transportation.

(From the office of the Chief Operations Officer)