JUTC announces amnesty for students, extends opening hours as it goes cashless
The Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) says it will be giving a one day amnesty to students who have not yet registered and received a Smarter Card to travel on its buses come tomorrow, September 1.
Starting tomorrow, concession passengers must have a Smarter Card in order to travel on JUTC buses as the company implements a cashless fare collection system.
However, in a release this morning, JUTC's managing director Colin Campbell, says students without cards will ride free on buses to give them more time to register. He says JUTC offices will continue to open late to allow persons to access cards.
The JUTC says its offices at the Half-Way Tree transport centre will remain open for the next 24 hours, starting from 8:00 this morning, as the bus company tries to accommodate people who wish to pick up their cards in anticipation of tomorrow's deadline.
The company says its bus lay-by in Spanish Town, St Catherine will also be opened up to 10:00 o'clock tonight and its East Parade offices in downtown, Kingston from 9:00 in the morning until 5:00 this afternoon. Students can also apply for their Smarter Cards today until 4:00 this afternoon at the Portmore depot in St Catherine.
Campbell says the offices in Spanish Town will open up to 8:00 p.m. throughout the course of the week, while the East Parade office in downtown, Kingston will remain open up to 6:00 p.m.
The adjustment by the management of the JUTC come as long queues remained at its locations in the Half-Way Tree and downtown Kingston due persons registering for the company's compulsory Smarter Card ahead of tomorrow's deadline to institute the cashless fare collection for concession passengers.
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