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Taxpayers across Jamaica subsidising fares for just one million passengers – Henry

Published:Tuesday | March 15, 2016 | 10:05 AM
Transport Minister Mike Henry says operators at the lower economic level are being robbed of the chance to grow.

Transport Minister Mike Henry says the Government will be rationalising the rural-urban transport system to distribute the real economic costs to all users of public transport across the island.  
    
He notes that under the subsidy approach, as obtains with the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, service is not being provided at the real cost.

Henry says this means operators at the lower economic level are being robbed of the chance to grow.

In addition, Henry says all taxpayers across the country are subsidising fares for just one million passengers.

According to Henry, the net effect of creating equity in fare payment across the island could be as much as the equivalent of putting $600 in the pockets of some individuals each day.

He reportedly made his observations in an interview with the JIS in which he said the Government would be revisiting the Rural Urban Transport Plan.

He said he would be looking to implement measures such as colour coding of public passenger vehicles, issuing of parish licence plates and standardising the fare structure.

Henry is also looking at raising the level of the feeder systems into the major routes and reviving the railway.