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JUTC boasts lower fuel usage with designated bus lane

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2015 | 11:19 AM

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says the introduction of a dedicated bus lane along a section of the Mandela Highway on weekdays has resulted in a 17 per cent improvement in fuel usage.

Further, deputy managing director of the JUTC, Kirk Finnikin, says on average commuters using its fleet are now getting to their destinations a half hour earlier.

As a result, Finnikin says the JUTC would consider approaching the National Works Agency to have designated bus lanes created in other parts of the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region.

Since November 2013, JUTC buses have been allowed to use designated lanes along Mandela Highway, starting at Caymanas Bay and ending at the entrance to Plantation Heights, between 6 and 8 a.m. on weekdays.

Prior to that Finnikin says the prolonged traffic delays encountered by the more than 70 JUTC buses that traverse the highway during peak hours was forcing the company to spend more on fuel.