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JUTC to keep adult fares at J$100

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2015 | 12:04 PM

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has decided to keep adult fares at J$100 at least until March next year, six months after fares were rolled back as part of what was deemed a summer promotion.

Managing director of the JUTC, Colin Campbell, said a 28 per cent increase in passenger load and a 40 per cent reduction in fuel costs have influenced the decision for the cash-strapped state-operated bus company to hold fares at J$100. He said this will remain in place until March 31 next year.

In August last year, the bus company was granted a 20 per cent increase by the transport ministry, resulting in the fare for adult passengers moving to J$120 dollars.

However, in July this year it was rolled back to J$100 dollars as part of a promotional campaign that was expected to end at the start of the school year in September.

After a second extension, adult passengers were again expected to start paying J$120 dollars to travel on JUTC buses come January 1 next year.