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Transport Authority delays route change for rural bus operators

Published:Monday | July 31, 2017 | 7:54 AMJerome Reynolds
The route change was slated to start tomorrow but has now been moved to Saturday, August 19.

The Transport Authority has delayed by two weeks, the implementation of route changes for rural bus operators who terminate in downtown, Kingston.

The authority says the move is to allow for further consultations with stakeholders.

The rerouting was slated to start tomorrow but has now been moved to Saturday, August 19.

It will affect operators from Manchester, St Elizabeth, Westmoreland and St Catherine.

Last Monday, dozens of operators withdrew their services to protest the change, arguing that they are uncomfortable with the rerouting and the new termination point.

READ: Rural bus drivers against new route

Currently, rural buses entering the city travel straight along Spanish Town Road and stop at the Darling Street terminal.

They are being rerouted to Industrial Terrence then onto Marcus Garvey Drive to terminate at the Downtown Municipal Transport Centre on Water Lane.

The Transport Authority says it will continue its sensitisation meetings with bus operators and owners as well as the commuting public.

In the meantime, the Authority is reminding bus operators to adhere to the designated terminal points on their road licenses.