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Transport Authority responds to Mikael Phillips' comments about rerouting of rural minibuses

Published:Thursday | August 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Transport Authority (TA) is rebuffing claims that its decision to reroute rural stage minibuses to the Water Lane Transport Centre in downtown Kingston is the cause of the bus congestion in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR).

Responding to the criticism from Opposition spokesman on Transport, Mikael Phillips, the TA in a release says the rerouting of minibuses has done exactly the opposite in Spanish Town, St Catherine, where rural operators had to terminate before the change.

The TA says the change has also eased the congestion at the Darling Street bus park in downtown Kingston.

With the transport centre at Water Lane being under-utilised, the transport regulator says it recommended the Minister of Transport authorise the rerouting of rural stage minibuses after careful study.

It contends that Phillips' claim that no study was done to guide the decision to reroute the minibuses is misleading.

Prior to the change, the Water Lane transport centre was only used by buses from St Thomas, St Mary, Portland and St Catherine.

The TA says the shift has made it easier and cheaper for commuters destined for Kingston who previously had to get off in Spanish Town and seek additional transportation to get into the capital city.

Meanwhile, the transport regulator says it continues to foster improved transportation arrangements for the commuting public and, as such, will continue to dialogue with all its stakeholders to ensure a safe and smooth transition into the Water Lane facility.