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International senior citizens group concerned about JUTC fare hike

Published:Friday | August 22, 2014 | 9:38 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

An international group which advocates for the rights of senior citizens is raising concern that the impending fare hike announced by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company could impact the health of the elderly.

According to HelpAge International's Caribbean representative, Jeffery James, with a 200 per cent fare increase, many senior citizens will now find it difficult to visit their health care providers or pay for their medications.

As of Sunday, people sixty years and older who use JUTC buses will be charged a concessionary rate of $60.

This is $40 more than the $20 they have been paying for more than four years.

HelpAge International says it's disappointed that there was no consultation before the increase was announced.

Come Sunday adult fares will move to $120 from $100; students and the disabled will pay $30, up from $20.

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