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Streamline and reconfigure public transportation system

Published:Friday | January 29, 2021 | 12:09 AM


This is with reference to a Letter to The Editor, ‘Urgent action needed to fix transport system’ in The Gleaner of January 27. The Transport Authority has tried options that have so far not achieved the desired results for efficient bus service in Kingston Metropolitan Region (KMR).

Can segmenting and organising of the KMR into an independently administered four quarters, each connected with Half-Way Tree Transport Centre as the hub, be an option? The following could be considered:

Divest some JUTC coverage of KMR to private franchisees. Create more transport franchises, like the hilly routes (Meadowbridge or Red Hills). New route taxi stands can be established along the JUTC routes to serve areas that are not directly serviced by JUTC. Additionally, taxis can ply between different terminals. Designate Half-Way Tree (HWT) as the transportation hub of the city and the focal point of a revised KMR transport system.

Individually manage direct service routes in the following manner:

. HWT – Papine-August Town

. HWT – Cross Roads-Downtown

. HWT – Washington Boulevard-Six Miles

. HWT – Red Hills Road-Meadowbrook

The separately managed connecting hubs would be downtown transport centre linking Cross Road, Harbour View/Bull Bay, Spanish Town Road, Six Miles, Portmore, Spanish Town. The Cross Roads lay-by would link downtown, Papine via Old Hope Road, Mountain View, Spanish Town Road.

With the constriction in areas served and shortened direct routes, the JUTC will be able to dispatch more buses on each route.