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No money to purchase new JUTC buses, 100 to be repaired – Henry

Published:Thursday | November 3, 2016 | 11:27 AM

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will reportedly be repairing 100 buses to increase its fleet before the end of the fiscal year.

This was disclosed by Minister of Transport Mike Henry, while responding to questions in the House of Representatives, yesterday regarding the adequacy of the JUTC’s fleet.

He says there will be no purchase of new buses, as there is no money available.

He says the repair programme aims to refurbish 160 to 200 buses.

The Minister points out that 160 buses are currently out of service due to the lack of parts.

Henry says Cabinet has approved $985 million to begin the repairs.

Henry notes that the spare parts which are needed to repair the buses are expected to arrive in the island in approximately 30 to 40 days.

However, he assures there are no plans to increase bus fares for commuters or to sub-franchise holders.