Fare increases coming

Published: Saturday | February 16, 2013 Comments 0

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The Transport Ministry yesterday revealed that it is now close to asking Cabinet to consider a proposed fare increase for the state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).

However, Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies has again declined to divulge the level of increase being sought, saying it would be inappropriate to do so.

"Because, again I know from experience, that what the relevant minister goes into Cabinet with is often far different from what comes out," Davies explained.

Davies, who was speaking during a press conference at the ministry's St Andrew offices, said raising the fares in the public transportation system would also impact private transport (such as taxi) operators.

"We have to simultaneously look at the operations of the JUTC as well as the private sector (operators). Because when we go to Cabinet, we not only have to argue for the increase for the JUTC, but we have to indicate what corresponding increase will be afforded the private operators," he explained.

"That is not only a technically difficult task, but as you would understand, we are very sensitive," Davies added.

Last December when he first warned of increased bus fares, the transport minister indicated that it would take effect "early next year" but refused to divulge any figures.

However, JUTC chairman, the Reverend Garnett Roper, said then that the level of increase the company was seeking was less than the $131 for adults and $40 for concession which was recommended by the Office of Utilities Regulation in 2010.

Share |

The comments on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of The Gleaner.
The Gleaner reserves the right not to publish comments that may be deemed libelous, derogatory or indecent. Please keep comments short and precise. A maximum of 8 sentences should be the target. Longer responses/comments should be sent to "Letters of the Editor" using the feedback form provided.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Top Jobs

View all Jobs

Videos