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JUTC adds more environmentally friendly buses to fleet

Published:Friday | August 30, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Transport Minister Omar Davies (right) makes a point to State Minister Morais Guy at a press briefing last Monday to announce a new fare structure. JIS

Public transportation received another boost with a new set of articulated buses, which the Government says will be more environmentally friendly than the ones currently on the roads, which often release toxic emissions.

Managing director of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), Colin Campbell, said: "These new buses have a new level of automation in the computer system. If the bus is idle for longer than 10 minutes, it will shut off automatically, enabling us to save on fuel, emissions and the engine."

JR Group, the Volvo dealership in Jamaica, handed over the 20 new articulated buses to the JUTC yesterday during a ceremony in Kingston.

Transport, Works and Housing Minister Omar Davies is anticipating the improved service that the buses will provide.

"These new buses, particularly due to the fact that they are articulated, will provide us with the opportunity to systematically and significantly increase the quality of service in our country," he said.

"The extent to which we are able to increase the roll-out of buses is equivalent to the extent to which we will be able to provide a more efficient and reliable service in terms of public transportation," he added.

Davies also commended Belgium and the commitment it has shown towards the Jamaican public transport system.