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Gov't to discontinue exclusive JUTC bus lane on Mandela Highway

Published:Wednesday | July 6, 2016 | 7:56 PM
in this file photo, a policeman stops a JUTC bus in the exclusive bus lane along the Mandela Highway.

The State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for works Everald Warmington has announced that the Government will be discontinuing the exclusive Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus lane on the Mandela Highway in St Catherine.

The bus lane is in place between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. from Mondays to Fridays for buses heading to Kingston from St Catherine.

But many other motorists complain that it has been inconvenient to convert one of the west-bound lanes into an east-bound lane to facilitate JUTC buses heading into Kingston.

Making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Wednesday, Warmington said based on the Government’s review, the exclusive lane has not been successful.

At the same time, he says it has been problematic for motorists and so the Government will be discontinuing it.

Two years ago, the Supreme Court had given the go ahead to a group of public passenger operators to challenge the constitutionality of the decision of the

JUTC to commandeer a section of the highway for use as an exclusive bus lane.