Tuesday, March 26 2013 @ 11:20 AM EDT
Contributed by: Staff Journalist
Alba Aldeano and Calixto Silgado, spokesmen of the group which has spread to most of the routes in the capital of Panama, said yesterday they will take the problems faced by 750,000 Panamanians every day to court; endless lines, chaos, stress, tardiness and absenteeism.
'It is a scam and it is ridiculous', said Aldeano yesterday.
Similarly, business associations spoke out together about the transportation crisis.
The CoNEP, the APEDE, the Chamber of Commerce, Sindicato de Industriales and the Fedecámaras, said the problem is impacting negatively on the economy.
"We are confident that the necessary adjustments will be made to reduce the disadvantages of public transport, even though the public infrastructure will affect their optimal development during this year."
The director of the Transit Authority (ATTT), Roberto Moreno, said yesterday this week will be critical for the Mi Bus company to correct flaws in the operating system of Metrobus. If not, he said, they will face sanctions of up to $1 million.
But his warning does not seem to change things. On Monday there were still long lines on the main corners of the town center, north and east of the capital, and that's why people were complaining.
'We are tired," said a 50 year old worker, ten days after the old "Red Devil" buses left service.
Meanwhile, yesterday noon, protesting university students blocked one lane of Via Transístmica to protest for better transportation. Riot control officers of the National Police forced them to get off the street. "They are criminalizing protests," claimed the economist John Jované. (Estrella)