Public transportation liberalisation pilot to begin Monday,1,260 new routes islandwide
Transport Minister Robert Montague is to embark on a public transport liberalisation pilot project, which will see the opening of 1,260 routes across the island.
Further, 100 spaces on select Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) sub-franchise routes will become available and new hackney taxi road licences will be opened to the market.
Applications open on Monday, September 10, the same day as the launch.
In a statement, the Transport Authority explained that under the pilot some 996 route taxi and 264 rural stage carriage routes will be opened for 12 weeks ending November 30, 2018.
The authority said another 100 spaces on select JUTC stage carriage routes which are not currently being serviced by the bus company will also be offered to the market.
Additionally, the transport regulator said it will consider applications for hackney carriage service in St James, St Ann, Westmoreland, Trelawny, and Manchester.
The pilot, the transport authority said, is expected to increase the availability of licensed public transportation services to the commuting public especially in the rural areas where there is growing demand for public transportation, particularly for students.
" The public transportation liberalisation pilot, technical considerations, as well as a feedback from the consultations will be instrumental in the ministry’s assessment of the likely national impact of the full liberalisation of the public transportation system.
" Minister Montague is calling for unlicensed transport operators to take advantage of this unique opportunity to become compliant with the law.
"Minister Montague says further that the public consultations on the 16- point transportation reform proposals announced in the sectoral debate on May 30, 2018, will continue over the next three months and will include meetings with key stakeholders from insurance companies and other financial service providers," the transport authority underscored.