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JUTC to offer New-Year's Eve late-night service

Published:Monday | December 31, 2012 | 12:00 AM

AS THOUSANDS of celebrants turn their eyes to the sky tonight in downtown Kingston to watch the fireworks burst over the waterfront at the stroke of midnight, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be busy at work to ensure that commuters have a safe means of travelling.

"New Year's Eve will be different from other nights such as Christmas, as people go shopping and then go home by a certain time, the real thing doesn't begin until 12 a.m., and because of this, there will be a limited late-night service for the major routes up until around 3 a.m. for these commuters," Reginald Allen, corporate communications manager at JUTC, told The Gleaner.

Some of these major routes include Portmore to downtown, Half-Way Tree to downtown and Spanish Town to Half-Way Tree, among many others. He also stated that the fare for all commuters after normal hours, which is 10 p.m., will be $80.

Late-night service a challenge

"We also want to emphasise that late-night service can be quite a challenge and that it is very important for the commuters to cooperate because when we have issues in the day, they are much easier to handle than in the night. It can be quite problematic, and even though it is a festive time, we need the commuters to calm down and realise that the bus service is important, so they should appreciate what is available," Allen added.