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National Youth Agenda to address state of transport system

Published:Monday | April 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Chairman of the National Youth Council of Jamaica (NYCJ), Ryan Small says his organisation is in the process of preparing a document outlining a list of recommendations for the country's transport system to be submitted to the Government later this year.

Small said the document would be part of the National Youth Agenda that will be presented at the next meeting of the National Youth Council Assembly.

The NYCJ chairman made the disclosure two days after calling for the Ministry of Transport and Works to remove all taxi operators running the Half-Way Tree to University of the West Indies campus route in St Andrew due to the hike in fares charged to students travelling on this route over recent days.

buses in deplorable condition

While refusing to give details on the document, Small said some of the proposals would speak to the Government seeing to it that sufficient buses are on the route and that they are up to standard.

"Some of the buses are in a deplorable condition. I have travelled on buses where a part of the roof is torn open and students have to be travelling on these buses. These are some of the things we would like to see addressed," he said.

In the meantime, the NYCJ chairman said come Wednesday he will be holding talks with the Jamaica Urban Transit Company to have more buses on the Half-Way Tree/Papine route.