Anastasia Cunningham, News Coordinator
With the new school year set to begin next week, commuters in the Corporate Area can expect an easier travel on the public-transportation system as the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be increasing its fleet of buses by approximately 100. The new buses will be added to all its 70 routes across Kingston, St Andrew, and St Catherine.
Managing director of the company, Colin Campbell, revealed that by September 1, buses plying routes across the Kingston Metropolitan Transportation Region (KMTR) would be increased from 244 to 350. Earlier this week, 35 new buses were added to the fleet.
"Next week, commuters can expect a much easier flow and, importantly, it will allow us to have a schedule [to] be relatively faithful to our passengers," Campbell told The Gleaner.
An additional 20 articulated buses are slated to be commissioned into service by October.
"The company plan calls for 388 buses per day on the road. The average now is 244, so we have been way below the projected rullout. By the end of the year, we should exceed the required number, which would include both new and repaired buses," said Campbell.
As part of its efficient-operations, revenue-earning plan, the JUTC will soon be implementing an electronic fare-collection and cashless system. Campbell said profits were being diminished by leakages, particularly by adults who should be paying full fare but are getting concessionary rates.
STARTING WITH PORTMORE
The rollout of the transition to the new electronic system will begin tomorrow in Portmore.
He said by year end, all JUTC buses should be completely cashless. Commuters will be able to top up their electronic fare cards at any of 1,200 locations across the KMTR.