THE EDITOR, Sir:
After spending so much money to upgrade the bus system, we would think the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) would show the least bit care for these expensive buses.
Take a look at these yellow buses on the roads. They are dirty and produce so much smoke that other drivers can't even see. A little servicing every once in a while would make such a huge difference in their performance. Would washing them every now and then hurt?
People have to be watching out sometimes when entering the buses just to make sure their garments are not ruined by the extensive dirt layering some of the buses.
Additionally, the interior of the buses is not much better! Okay, I'll give it to JUTC that they try to sweep the buses daily, but what about the roaches that are running all around? On several occasions I have seen a number of the buses filled with roaches! It is very unnerving, uncomfortable and unhygienic to be travelling in public transportation and being forced to sit beside these creatures!
I had an unfavourable experience travelling in one of these JUTC buses once, where after being opened, the door just could not close. I came to understand that the doors work with an air system which makes the doors open and close. The air had escaped because the bus was not being serviced, therefore the door could not close. The passengers had to sit and wait until the driver could get in contact with the office for a replacement bus to be sent.
When the white buses just came to Jamaica, they got the same bad treatment. Now, the luxury yellow buses are getting the same treatment. After spending so much money, I would think the JUTC would try to preserve its assets. Isn't it more expensive to leave the buses to run down until they are out of operation than spend a lot more money on repairs?