Mixed reaction on push for buses to finish late

By Gutu Faasau 24 February 2023, 8:00AM

Reporter Gutu Faasau and Photographer Piui Simi talk to members of the public on whether public bus services should continue after 5pm for those who work and finish late.

Auro Sua, 20, Vaivase Uta

"I think that if the buses can provide their services for a little longer after their usual clock off time then it would help out a lot. We have a lot of students who have late classes at the National University of Samoa, that usually finish at around 7pm could find transport home. We don't have a car so I take the bus to school and I have to walk home after class every evening. It would be great help for me and many others"

Jen Laulu, 24, Moamoa

"This will benefit most people who work extra hours, but as much as we want it to happen, it all depends on the people who own the buses and the number of bus drivers available, because at the end of the day we all want to go home to our families."

Ieremia Lanco, 24, Fagalii uta & Emmanuel Vaeao, 21, Fagalii uta

"I think it all depends on the bus driver and if they feel that they can do it. But it would be nice to have it put back a little late cause there are a lot of workers who finish at 5 pm or 6 pm and it will save a lot of money for people spending more on taxi fares. I think they should extend it to around 6 or 7 and if they do go that late they can add additional prices like one tala so that the buses can also benefit from staying out this long."

Saumamao, 67, Satuimalufilufi

"I fully agree with it, they must try to keep providing their services a little after hours, because there are many people who work beyond the normal time to finish work. The buses will leave and they don't have transport home. The buses should be able to accommodate the time people go to work and get off work. The bus drivers can finish work at 6.30 pm and by then people are home in time for evening devotion."

Samilolo, 28, Faleula

"For the people who work late this will benefit them. I don't know about the bus drivers, but it's all customers and money and they will be able to to earn at night time. All in all there is a good and bad side to it."

By Gutu Faasau 24 February 2023, 8:00AM
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