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Transport minister announces 25 per cent fare increase

Published:Monday | August 19, 2013 | 2:58 PM

The Transport and Works Minister Dr Omar Davies has announced a 25 per cent fare increase for public passenger vehicles.

This means that adult passengers on Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses will now pay $100 up from $80.

On a taxi, adult passengers who now pay $100 for example will be required to pay $125.

The minister says children under 12 years old, those in uniform, the disabled and pensioners will pay half of the approved fare increases.

The concessionary fares will however remain at $20.

The new fare structure will take effect on Sunday August 25.

The associations representing some taxi and bus operators had said they wanted at least a 30 per cent increase.

The State-run Jamaica Urban Transit Company has not disclosed the level of increase it has sought from the government.

Public passenger bus and taxi fares were last increased in 2008 when commuters were asked to pay between 25 and 30 per cent more.


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