JUTC to extend services to Clarendon
The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is to extend its bus service from St Catherine to sections of Clarendon and almost to Manchester starting in September.
In his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament yesterday, Transport Minister, Mike Henry, said the pilot three-route operation will go from Old Harbour in St Catherine to parts of Clarendon and close to Manchester.
He said the state-owned bus company would be rolling out buses to sections of south Clarendon, including school routes in and around May Pen, particularly Garvey Maceo High in south west Clarendon.
Henry said on this route there have been many reports of tragedies involving undesirable and illegal school bus operations in recent years.
He said introducing the new bus service by JUTC will help to reduce high transportation costs for members of the public in rural Jamaica, especially students, and improve safety.
Meanwhile, the transport minister said he would shortly be revealing the true picture of the JUTC over the last four years.
According to him, the company has been painted as a smooth-running and efficiently operated entity over the last four years.
However, he said there are many issues at the JUTC which need to be addressed.
After taking office, Henry ordered a management audit of the JUTC.