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East Ender
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October 1, 2014 12:57 pm  

P.S. There are brand new "Catch the Wave" buses on St Thomas.

Optimist me: "Oh, great. This will be such an advantage to folks who need public transportation."

Pessimist me: "Oh, great. How long until they breakdown and there is no money to fix them?"


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ms411
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October 1, 2014 1:40 pm  

Wonder how many new buses? I have seen one.


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Petra
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October 1, 2014 8:46 pm  

It seems there is an obvious need for the information as it is discussed on this forum, Facebook, Trip Advisor, cruise message board forums, etc. Also, I'm sure VITRAN would appreciate info being spread on social media and forums so they can stop giving people free rides.

I agree that it would be a disservice to delete not only to visitors but to residents as well. An economy based on tourism that doesn't want to post information online for people vacationing or spending the day off a cruise ship? Everywhere that I have read this discussion, it says both VITRAN & safari rides are unreliable so there is no misinformation.


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October 1, 2014 9:31 pm  

They are only giving free rides Oct 3 because they got a federal grant to promote public transportation. On the radio talk shows today people were calling in to complain about the bus system. The buses are driving around the island empty, because the safaris are more reliable.

A website with incorrect information is a waste of time and does a disservice.


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Petra
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October 1, 2014 10:01 pm  

Hmm maybe VITRAN should think about using some of that grant money to invest in some texting technology so that people can text to see when the next bus is arriving at a specific stop. Even if they don't have a set schedule, people might not be so peeved if they just knew the time and could plan accordingly.


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October 1, 2014 10:05 pm  

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October 1, 2014 10:36 pm  

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October 1, 2014 10:40 pm  

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SapphireBeach08
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October 2, 2014 11:12 am  

On one of our very first trips to St. Thomas my husband and I were told by a safari driver, "taxi for you". I realize it was only one driver, but it cured us of that form of transportation. We seldom see a Vitran bus. It's like seeing a pink elephant so it's always worth a comment. These are tough lessons, but the OP obviously wants to learn them for herself.


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Petra
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October 2, 2014 1:44 pm  

Not really a matter of a tough lesson I'm trying to learn it is more like how to get around until I purchase a vehicle.

I'm a little confused why someone saying "taxi for you" would be curing you of that form of transportation?


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October 2, 2014 2:24 pm  

Sapphire Beach08, I knew Petra wouldn't get that one! It doesn't happen as frequently now since everybody is scrambling for every dollar, but safari drivers would tell people who didn't look "local" that they had to pay taxi rates instead of safari rates. That's why he said, "Taxi for you."


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Petra
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October 2, 2014 9:00 pm  

That's what I was assuming. 🙂

First time I went to Vegas and took a taxi from the airport to the hotel, the driver took us down the strip through all the traffic and excitement then over to my hotel. Check in, settle into my room, and open the drapes only to see the friggin' runway right outside my window! Scenic Route.


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Petra
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October 2, 2014 9:12 pm  

P.S. NoOne, that looked like a low blow from here. Wouldn't you want to go through the computer and punch someone in the throat (figuratively speaking) for saying something like that to you??

Everyone handles things differently and everyone grieves differently.


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October 2, 2014 9:20 pm  

Um, not quite the same. A safari can be a taxi or a safari depending on what the driver wants to do. If he/she wants to taxi, they're not supposed to pick up people at bus stops, and safaris are only supposed to stop at bus stops, but that rule is mostly ignored until Public Works starts complaining about the safaris depriving them of revenue, which should be soon now that they have the new buses.

I've seen this movie before.


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Petra
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October 2, 2014 10:09 pm  

oh yes, wasn't comparing desert to the beach lol. Just made me think of the times I've been the sucker not knowing where I'm going as a tourist.


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