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JUTC urges students to get smarter cards early

Published:Tuesday | August 18, 2015 | 12:13 PM

Students are being urged by the State-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) to regularise their smarter cards in time for the new school year, which begins on September 7.

"It is very important that students, from now until August 29, do everything in their power to fix their smarter cards. If they have lost or had their cards damaged, they need to come in and have their replacement cards," said Clinton Clarke, marketing and communications manager at the JUTC.

Clarke noted that by getting this done early, school children avoid running into problems at the start of the school term.

"What we do not want is for September morning to come and for them to hit the road and have any difficulty. So, it is very important for them to come out now," he advised.

For those students entering high school with a smarter card and have reached 12 years old, they are also being encouraged to come in to JUTC locations in order to have the profiles on their cards updated.

In the meantime, it is expected that the bus company will roll out a full complement of approximately 452 buses at the start of the new school year.

"We want to make certain that all the existing routes, especially the trunk ones, which are the very big ones, are properly served. This is to make certain that they take the people to where the connections are to be made, such as the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre and downtown, Kingston," Clarke said.

He added that the commuting public can expect high quality service and punctuality come September.