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Davies tours downtown Kingston transport centre

Published:Saturday | December 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WITH THE Ministry of Transport and Works contemplating plans to make changes to the public-transportation system in downtown Kingston early next year, portfolio Minister Dr Omar Davies yesterday led a high-level multi-agency delegation on a tour of the Municipal Transport Centre at Water Lane.

During the tour, the transport minister outlined the need for greater efficiency and integration among both privately and publicly owned transportation providers. He urged technical personnel from the ministry to ensure that proposed changes reduce congestion in the city, particularly in the Parade area, while improving access for the commuting public.

Davies also reiterated the need to maximise the use of the existing facilities and to improve the overall conditions, including the cleanliness of the areas and public sanitary convenience. The proposed changes include the relocation of some privately owned and Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses to the downtown Municipal Transport Centre along Port Royal Street.

A dispatch system would also be implemented for the JUTC buses from Port Royal Street to Parade, similar to the arrangement for the rural buses from St Thomas. The overall thrust of the changes is to substantially reduce the number of JUTC and other public-passenger vehicles that park in the Parade area.