Three hundred buses will be purchased to help ease transportation issues for the public, said Finance Minister Colm Imbert.
The announcement came during the presentation of the 2019/2010 budget to parliament on Monday. The buses, which Imbert said forms the “backbone of transportation for our citizens, especially those in underserved and unserved communities”, will be accessible to disabled people and use compressed natural gas, in keeping with the “obligation to reduce carbon emission” given the growing climate change concerns.
Twenty-five buses will be added to the Government’s fleet by year-end to complement the 18 added in 2018, Imbert said during the over three-hour long budget presented under the theme “Stability, Strength and Growth”.
Imbert said a procurement framework was being implemented to acquire the buses but no timeline was given or cost projected for completion.