BUS DRIVERS BLOCK PAPE‘ETE

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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (January 17, 2002 – Tahitipresse)---Angry bus drivers began blocking roads into the capital last Wednesday, following their company’s loss of the route.

Bus company representatives call the decision by the government to terminate their service "unfair."

It is part of a plan to upgrade public transportation in Tahiti, replacing the open air "Le Truck" enjoyed by tourists with modern air conditioned busses.

The roadblocks centered on Papeete's western entrances, causing major traffic jams. Thousands of drivers were stuck in unending lines of vehicles.

No negotiations between the government and the bus company, TRT, took place January 16th. The government said roadblocks had to be removed before any negotiations took place.

Minister for Transports, Bruno Sandras, and angry bus drivers' representatives met in vain Friday, January 17th.

For additional reports from Tahiti Press, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources: Agence Tahitienne de Presse.

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