Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Kye Rymer recently traveled to Bermuda to observe that sister Overseas Territory’ bus system and is now announcing that efforts to have a public bus service in the BVI are moving swiftly forward. In fact, the Minister mentioned that the piloting of the service will soon commence.

Hon. Rymer while speaking in the House of Assembly on 16 July announced that a draft paper is in circulation and will be presented to Cabinet shortly seeking approval for the official drafting of amendments to the relevant legislation.

The Minister pointed out that the proposed amendments will seek to revamp the public transportation system. In fact, the Minister noted that the amendment will mainly focus on the implementation of a community bus system that will offer a reliable and affordable means of transportation around the BVI.

Hon. Rymer noted that the visit to Bermuda provided a large amount of information as it relates to what such a service would entail. He told the House that while there he was able to observe the Bermuda bus service’s daily operations, and noted the pros, cons and the benefits of having such a system to their community. In fact, the Minister disclosed that the trip provided much useful insight on the way forward as it relates to improving the BVl’s public transportation service.

In addition to the pilot on Tortola, the Minister said that the public can expect to see the completion of signs and bus stop shelters across the island shortly. It was also mentioned that the service will be piloted on Virgin Gorda after the successful completion of the Tortola trial/service test.