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JUTC to terminate regular service at 6 p.m.

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2016 | 10:39 AM

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is advising that it will terminate normal operations at approximately 6:00 p.m. today, based on the current trajectory of Hurricane Matthew.

The state-owned bus company is therefore urging commuters within the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) to avail themselves of the publicly-operated bus service within reasonable time to get to their various destinations ahead of the planned cut-off time.

Additionally, the JUTC is advising that the normal SmarterCard top-up services from our mobile units will not be available today. This is as a result of preparatory work which the company is engaged in ahead of the expected arrival of the hurricane.

At this time the bus company is not sure when it will resume normal service as  this "is directly related to the time-frame and impact of the passage of the hurricane, and clearance from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and other relevant authorities that it is safe to do so".

Further, the "JUTC is likely to be called upon by ODPEM, through the National Emergency Centre, for assistance to evacuate distressed persons from challenged circumstances at various locations across the country," communication manager Reginald Allen said in a release.