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Full roll out of free WiFi on JUTC buses come September

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 2:07 PM

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says come September, passengers travelling on its 452 buses will be able to WiFi access free Internet service on their smartphones and other devices. 

The state run bus company today launched the pilot of WiFi services on two of its routes ahead of the full roll out later this year.

The launch follows an announcement yesterday by the Jamaica Labour Party that its government would make the Internet accessible on JUTC buses. 

At a small ceremony held at the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre, transport minister Dr. Omar Davies and the technology minister, Phillip Paulwell hailed the introduction of the WiFi service as a game changer for the public transport system in Jamaica.

The bus company has said it is introducing the service as a means of increasing the level of comfort and customer satisfaction on its buses.

JUTC deputy managing director in charge of operations, Kirk Finnikin, says the pilot of the WiFi service has been in operation since Tuesday.

The pilot routes for the service are the 24 express, which serves customers travelling from Spanish Town to the University of the West Indies and the 130 route which serves commuters from Longville in Clarendon to downtown Kingston.