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Advocate wants seniors in rural Jamaican to get bus subsidy

Published:Thursday | October 2, 2014 | 10:25 PM

Senior citizens rights advocate, Kenneth Hemley, is calling for the Government to extend the bus fare subsidy to the elderly outside the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR).



Hemley is suggesting that a ticketing systems be introduced which will allow senior citizens to pay reduced bus and taxi fares.



He says elderly persons in rural Jamaican are facing similar hardships as their counterparts in the KMTR and need help with covering their transportation costs.



Senior citizens who travel on the Jamaica Urban Transit Company busses are charged a fare of $40.



The fare was recently increased from $20.



According to Hemley, the health of many elderly Jamaicans are at risk because they cannot afford bus and taxi fares to make regular visits to their doctors.



According to him, many senior citizens are living below the poverty line.



That’s why he says the government should do more to provide social and economic assistance to senior citizens.



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