THE EDITOR, Sir:
The constant high-handedness of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) management cannot be allowed to continue. The Government has instituted various policies favouring the JUTC at the expense of majority of the population.
First, the implementation of the exclusive lane system along Mandela Highway means that everybody else has to suffer in traffic during peak hours. Now there's a move to end the franchise. When will it stop?
The JUTC cannot be the only bus company in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) because, in many instances, these buses are like slow boats to China. People have to wait for hours to get a bus to their destination, which compromises productivity and efficiency in the labour force.
The JUTC cannot handle the volume of commuters who need reliable and fast transport services. Sometimes these buses are packed to capacity and the constant stopping at bus stops and waiting in transport centres would weary even the most patient among us.
The company cannot even handle its own internal affairs (customer service, ticket fraud, etc) much less to operate solely throughout the KMTR. Such a move is unfair to the public and to the drivers and conductors who rely on this franchise to provide for their families.
A CALL TO RESPOND
I believe that history is calling us to respond. It is not coincidental that the 1955 United States bus boycott and the death of noted rights leader Nelson Mandela both occurred in December.
If there is ever a time we need unity to change our history, that time is now. Are we willing to stand in solidarity with the men and women who make transportation faster, or are we willing to side with the Government on this one?
Note to Government: The bus stops here. We, the people of Jamaica, should be entitled to free movement.