Guam – Mass transit service on Guam will be expanding, beginning next month, it will include more routes and longer hours.
Guam Regional Transportation Authority Chief Planner Felix Dungca tells PNC News that the agency held several working sessions late last year. Dungca says public feedback was key in revamping the mass transit schedule. The extended routes and hours will only affect fixed routes and not para transit routes. GRTA currently has five buses that service fixed routes and six buses that service para transit riders.
“Beginning in March 1st, next month, we will be implementing a new expanded transit system which increases the routes, and this is on the fixed routes, not the para transit. It increase the number of stops,” says Dungca. “It also includes longer hours of services. So we’ve pretty much revamped the entire fixed route system.”
Dungca also says that the transit agency added an extra bus to its para transit routes back in December to alleviate public demand.
“Dring the past two years of course we’ve had our challenges as to be expected. And we had, on the para transit side of the counter, we had some complaints of people who were denied rides because of the number of buses so back in December, two months ago, we added on a sixth bus to the para transit,” explains Dungca.
Meanwhile, Dungca says he’s optimistic that the procurement of 12 government owned buses will be finalized this year. He notes that the technical specifications for the buses are in the final approval phase at the Attorney General’s Office and once that’s done it will move on to the General Services Agency for procurement.
Funding was made possible through a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Transit Authority.