Alicia Forrest, Gleaner Writer
PORTMORE, St Catherine:
PASSENGERS ON Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses have complained about the presence of roaches on the government-owned automobiles.
One disgruntled passenger, who takes the Number 17 bus, which plies the Greater Portmore to downtown (or Greater Portmore to Half-Way-Tree route for the 17A), encountered the roaches at least three times during her commute in the past month.
She said she subsequently made a report to the embattled state-run bus company.
Lenworth McCalla, general manager of the JUTC depot in Portmore, said he was aware of the issue, noting that he had received a report about roaches on Friday, November 28. He, however, noted that he did not receive any other complaints about roaches in the last month.
McCalla said the situation is created by passengers who hide and eat on the buses, despite signs clearly prohibiting eating and drinking on buses. He said although the buses are cleaned nightly as part of the operational procedure, he conceded that when food particles become stuck between the seats, and are not seen and removed, it creates the current situation of roaches on the buses.
In response to whether the problem was unique to buses at the Portmore depot, McCalla said it was important to know the fleet numbers of the buses where roaches are seen to determine whether specific buses are particularly affected by the problem.