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Castries To Morne Du Don Bus Route Split Into Two

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The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Transport (DIPT) has announced a division of the existing Castries to Morne Du Don Route 5A into two.

As a result of the division, the routes will now be Route 5A (Castries to Morne Du Don) and Route 5G (Castries to Carielle).

“Please note that this is an amendment to the fares for the respective routes, not a fare increase,” a DIPT notice said.

In addition, the notice said all bus operators plying the respective routes must display the amended fares and destinations for commuters’ ease of viewing.

The DIPT also advised commuters that the two bus routes will continue operating at their current location at Upper Jeremie Street, Castries.

The Carielle Minibus Association President, Rock Jean, welcomed the new route division.”I feel good about it. I feel elated. It is something that all the operators and all the residents, the passengers feel good about and they always wanted. It is was¬†¬†long time coming and we are happy about it,” Jean told St. Lucia Times.

He explained that the Carielle Minibus Association could now improve critical aspects of its public service.

hat includes the number of daily buses because his association would adopt a rotation system for the twelve vehicles assigned to the Carielle route.

“Morne du Don, in essence, dominated that,” Jean explained.

He said his association was willing to work harmoniously with the Morne du Don bus operators on the same bus stand.

Jean emphasised that there was no bus fare increase.

“What has happened, in essence, is when the bus fares were last published, the fares associated with the segment for Carielle, which is now Route 5G were amalgamated with Route 5A, the Morne du Don leg,” he told St. Lucia Times.

However, Jean said with the official separation, the authorities extracted the Carielle fares and put them in a new 5G table.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Route change and the buses still operate from the same hazardous location? Why not place the bus stop where the CDC building was demolished. This bustop and the indiscriminate parking in this area is a HUGE problem during rush hour for drivers and pedestrians.

  2. The 5A drivers were not satisfied with the fees implemented and thus started to boycott the areas that they wanted increased, so now some are pleased as they got their wish with increases to the areas in question, from an increase of 25 cents to 50 cents so far as i have seen. None of these increases had any connection with the Careille route at all,…So yes, there was a price increase…

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