THE EDITOR, Sir:
THE JAMAICA Urban Transit Company (JUTC), like all other Jamaican business, seems to think the only way out is to raise prices. This has never worked, but they continue to do it.
I live in Spanish Town and its normal to see an express bus driving out the bus bay carrying four or five passengers at $110, while upwards of 100 persons are waiting on a regular bus for a fare of $80. Does that make sense?
JUTC also operates a so-called premium service, which means empty buses drive out to Clarendon and Green Acres to pick up passengers. How can the JUTC make money from that? Has there been any audit of its express and premium services? How can the JUTC, which depends on state subsidies to operate, be offering express and premium services?
They also have this policy of running the bus engines all day in a country where oil is so expensive. How can you have a bus parked for three hours with engine running?