Guam- While the Government of Guam tries to handle its bus shortage situation, some officials are getting creative in using the local skilled labor workforce to build more bus stops.
Despite the heavy downpour Wednesday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to commemorate a bus stop donation by the GCA Trades Academy. The new bus stop is located by the New Campus Store in Mangilao and was built by carpentry students in a span of two weeks. GCA Trades Academy Instructor Sixto Quintanilla says Education Director Bert Johnston approached him to build the structure with his two classes. He adds the project shows that Guam’s skilled labor workforce is being developed and they would probably build more bus stops if more materials were donated. He says they are happy to give back to the community.
“If we’re asked to do one, I’m pretty sure we can crank one out in a week and a half…a little bit faster” said Quintanilla. “And the students now, they know how to use the power tools, get the angles, layouts…so it will go a little bit faster. It depends on Mr. Johnston if he asks us to build another one. I’m pretty sure we can do it. That’s no problem.”
The materials for the bus stop were donated by the Guam Contractors Association. Mangilao Mayor Nito Blas also says he is already planning to paint the new bus stop and is looking for volunteers to help him with the project.