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300 more for JUTC payroll

Published:Tuesday | February 24, 2015 | 11:00 PM

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says it will employ nearly 300 more persons in the 2015-2016 financial year as it plans to purchase more buses.

Managing director of the company, Colin Campbell, said some 2,000 persons are on the JUTC's payroll. The company projects to increase this number by 297.

Campbell indicated that the company would recruit more drivers this year to operate additional buses that the JUTC would acquire.

He told The Gleaner that for each bus the company purchases, it employs at least 2.5 drivers to operate it.

And despite efforts at increasing efficiency in the operation of the state-owned bus company, the JUTC will again rack up losses close to $2 billion. This fiscal year, the JUTC has projected a loss from operation in the sum of $1.9 billion.

In the Jamaica Public Bodies which was tabled in the House of Representatives last week, the state-owned bus company is forecasting revenue at $5.7 billion.

Operating and administrative expenses are projected to increase by 22 per cent this financial year.

For the new fiscal year, the JUTC says it will run out 445 to 460 buses daily, from an available fleet of 516 buses.

The company says it will continue the implementation of the electronic or cashless fare collection system. It believes that through aggressive marketing and improved service reliability, a 75 per cent cashless fare box will be achieved.

The JUTC is also moving to curtail fare box leakage by improving revenue collection.