Rural bus system will be resuscitated, says transport minister
Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies says the rural bus system will be resuscitated as the government aims to address issues of cost and safety for school children.
Davies says he has received a preliminary report from a study which was commissioned to take a comprehensive look at the setting up of the bus service.
He says he expects to receive the final report soon, after which he will make a decision on the model to be used.
The transport minister points out that the system will first operate as a pilot before there is full implementation.
However, he did not give a timeline.
For years, rural Members of Parliament have been pressing for a rural system saying that families are finding it difficult to handle the high transportation costs.
The previous Jamaica Labour Party administration had taken steps to establish the service but those plans were halted by the current transport minister last year.
Davies had said the cash-strapped Jamaica Urban Transit Company was not in a position to take on the financial burden of providing the bus service.
The transport minister had said the government was more in favour of a rural bus system run by private operators and regulated by the Transport Authority.
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