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Davies defends bus fare hike for the elderly

Published:Thursday | August 21, 2014 | 9:03 AM
Dr Omar Davies - file

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies is maintaining that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) had to significantly increase its bus fares for senior citizens.

As of Sunday, people 60 years and older who use JUTC will be charged a concessionary rate of $60.

This is $40 more than the $20 they have been paying for more than four years.

Elderly Jamaicans have objected to the increase saying they are on fixed incomes and cannot afford to pay more.

However, the transport minister said while he understands the concerns, the $20 concessionary fare is unsustainable.

Davies was speaking on Beyond the Headlines on RJR yesterday afternoon.

He maintains that JUTC fares must be kept in line with the increased operational costs facing the company.

Meanwhile, come Sunday, adult fares on JUTC bues will move up to $120 from $100.

Students and the disabled will pay $30.

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