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JUTC sends out buses to cover routes affected by Coaster strike

Published: Thursday December 5, 2013 | 11:02 am Comments 0
Coaster bus operators withdrew their services in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region to protest the decision of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company to reduce sub-franchise routes. – Gladstone Taylor photo
Coaster bus operators withdrew their services in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region to protest the decision of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company to reduce sub-franchise routes. – Gladstone Taylor photo
Coaster buses on strike today. – Gareth Segree photo
Coaster buses on strike today. – Gareth Segree photo

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says 371 buses have been sent out to cover routes affected by the Coaster bus operators strike.


JUTC Chairman Dr Garnett Roper says more will be sent out throughout the day.

Coaster bus operators have withdrawn their services in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region to protest the decision made by the JUTC to reduce sub-franchise routes.

The decision to protest was taken following a meeting last night of the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO).

Roper says cross-routes between Spanish Town and Portmore will be negatively impacted by the strike as the JUTC does not offer service on those routes.

He adds that the inconvenience could be worse if mini-bus operators withdraw service to support Coaster bus operators.

Roper says if the mini-bus operators do not block the road, the JUTC will ensure commuters are efficiently transported.

From early this morning, scores of commuters were left stranded in Spanish Town and other major transport hubs across St Catherine.

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