Wednesday 11 December, 2019

PTSC and THA collaborate to improve bus service in Tobago

Bashir Mohammed, General Manager, Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC); Edward Gooding, Chairman, PTSC; Ritchie Toppin, Administrator, Division of Infrastructure Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) ; Reyon John, Executive Assistant, DIQE; Hon. Kelvin Charles, Chief Secretary, Tobago House of Assembly; and Kwesi Des Vignes, Secretary, DIQE

Bashir Mohammed, General Manager, Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC); Edward Gooding, Chairman, PTSC; Ritchie Toppin, Administrator, Division of Infrastructure Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) ; Reyon John, Executive Assistant, DIQE; Hon. Kelvin Charles, Chief Secretary, Tobago House of Assembly; and Kwesi Des Vignes, Secretary, DIQE

A Memorandum of Understanding between the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and the Public Transportation Service Commission (PTSC) is said to be a win-win for the people of Tobago.

The arrangement will see the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) providing technical guidance for PTSC's operational efficiency. PTSC will benefit from the expertise of Mechanical Engineers and technical officers of the Division. In return, PSTC is to assist the Division with the upgrade and use of a database system in fleet management.

In his address, PTSC Chairman Edward Gooding said finding proper engineering expertise for Tobago has been difficult so the collaboration will see the THA providing that expertise which will provide discipline at the garage, leadership and maintenance.

DIQE Secretary Kwesi Des Vignes said the collaboration is about improving the reliability of the bus service and the fleet of the THA and the DIQE.

"This is a win for the people of Tobago," he said.

Gooding assured that a new mixed-use terminal for the island is in the works pending approvals. He also revealed that by the end of the year Tobago will get three new buses and in fiscal 2019/2020 they expect to change out the balance of the entire fleet to bring the fleet to a total of 35 buses and two tour buses.

The MOU was signed by Gooding and Toppin and witnessed by PTSC General Manager, Bashir Mohammed and Executive Assistant, Office of the Administrator, DIQE, Reyon John.

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