A new strategy has been put in place to ensure bus transportation for CedarBridge Academy and Berkeley Institute student during the next six weeks of exams that start on Tuesday.

Following multiple discussions involving the Premier and Ministry of Education officials, Transport Minister Michael Fahy announced today that “six min-ibuses will be drafted into use for the early morning runs, to be on-call as potential stand-ins for buses out of service”.

“It is imperative that school students using public transportation are able to get to class on time. And because of the exam period, it is even more important that students are not inconvenienced by the challenges we have with the bus fleet,” said Senator Fahy.

He noted that three mini-buses and a special bus supervisor will be stationed at each end of the island during the exam schedule to ensure there is sufficient transportation departing for students, in the event of any possible disruption.

The agreement came after consultation with the Bermuda Minibus Association, with their member agreeing to make the service available. But students are advised to take the first available bus option, even if the route takes them into Hamilton, as opposed to directly to their school. Priority arrangements are being made at the Hamilton Depot to ensure students get to school on time.

“Students, parents and the schools have quite justifiably had concerns about this transportation matter,” said Minister Fahy. “The Government is committed to student education and the Department of Education and the Department of Public Transportation (DPT) have spent considerable time looking at the issue and arriving at this solution.

“Both senior schools are encouraged to use their internal communications system to advise all students of the provision of the mini-buses and direct students to make use of whichever vehicle comes to them first,” he added.

The DPT has been plagued with out-of-service buses for some time, although a shipment of parts has just been received that will help technicians and mechanics put more vehicles back on the road.