Transport minister defends bus fare increase
Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies has again sought to defend the government’s decision to increase bus fares and has rejected claims by the Parliamentary Opposition that the move reflected a wicked administration.
The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has led mounting objections to the latest bus fare increase announced by Dr Davies last week and has organised a peaceful protest for tomorrow.
Effective today, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will charge J$120 for adults, an increase of J$20; students and the disabled will pay J$30, up from J$20, while senior citizens will pay J$40 up from J$20.
But Davies says given the enormous operating costs facing the JUTC, one of the options the government could have considered was to allow the public transportation system to return to what he calls the ramshackle days of the 90s.
However, he made it clear that the government has no intention of going that route and says the challenge then becomes how to share the JUTC’s operating costs, while maintaining certain standards.
He was speaking in downtown, Kingston yesterday as the JUTC promoted its smart card which offers concessions to commuters.
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