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Transport Authority reopens 452 taxi routes today

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 9:02 AM

The Transport Authority is to reopen 452 bus and taxi routes islandwide today.

According to the authority the routes are being reopened to satisfy the increased demand for public transportation services in rural Jamaica. 

These routes include 353 existing routes for route taxis, 32 newly created routes for route taxis and 67 existing rural stage carriage bus routes. 

Applications for these routes will remain open until June 30.

Some of the new routes include Job lane via Sunnyside to Spanish Town, Seville Meadows to Spanish Town and New Harbour Village to Old Harbour in St Catherine.

The complete list of open routes will be published in the newspapers, this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Transport Authority says as of May 1 only motor vehicles 10 years and under will be accepted for first time applications for route taxi road licences. 

Additionally, all new (first time Licensee) Route Taxi operators will be required to install and display a taxi roof sign or globe; and be colour coded in accordance with the approved Transport Authority standards on or before August 1,  2015.

The Transport Authority is also urging persons operating public transportation services without the requisite road licences to ensure that they legalise their services now to avoid prosecution.