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Jul 10, 2020

P.S.U. Signs Bus Agreement for Commuting Public Officers

The Public Service Union has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with private bus company ADK Charters to provide transportation for public officers who travel from Belize City to Belmopan for work. P.S.U. President Gerald Henry says that one of the terms of the M.O.U. is that public officers, who use the service, will pay a dollar less per run when compared to public buses. Henry says that will save the commuting public officers hundreds of dollars a year.  The air conditioned bus will also be making its rounds on several streets in Belize City and Belmopan for its pick-up and drop-offs, which Henry says may also help the passengers save even more money in taxi costs.  The bus will not be going to any of the bus terminals because it is a private bus line. Public Officers are encouraged to sign up for the service with the P.S.U. or with the ADK Charter bus company.

 

Gerald Henry Jr.

Gerald Henry Jr., President, P.S.U.

“The company has committed to be one dollar less than what the national rate is and whatever the national rate will be in the future. So, basically they are saying if it is that the national rate increases in the future, they will always be one dollar less than that national rate. So, because of the fact that it is a private company, they have to work a little bit different, the strategy has to be different in order for them to be legal. One of the things is that it is a sort of a club that you have to join. There is a very small fee for public officers to join that club which will be twenty-dollars for the year. With that, they will get the dollar discount and it is worth it to pay the twenty dollars for the year because you will be saving somewhere around five hundred and twenty dollars for the entire year, so I hope that public officers will be taking up this opportunity. With the service they also receive a one month grace period where they can ride the bus; that is one of the conditions that we signed on to today and they will be picking up individuals from mile eight if there are any persons there and they will be paying four dollars instead of the five. It will be good for those workers because along the road it is difficult for workers to catch buses; usually the buses fly pass because they are already full but now we have a dedicated bus for our workers that will stop for them.”

 

The bus will start its service at six-fifteen in the mornings in Belize City at the Gwen Liz Bus stop and moves on to the Central American Boulevard to Caesar Ridge Road; Queen Charlotte Street; East Collet Canal; Vernon Street; it continues on to the Youth for the Future Drive; on to Douglas Jones Street and then Freetown Road. It heads back on Central American Boulevard and across the Bel-Can Bridge from where it heads out to the George Price Highway en route to Belmopan. The bus will make stops at Hattieville or Mile Eight if necessary. Once the bus arrives in Belmopan, it will hit the Constitution Drive; Melhado Parade; North Ring Road in an easterly direction; Libertad Street, Hummingbird Avenue and then Mountain View Road. In the evenings, the bus will do a return scheduled run along the same routes.  


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