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No preferential treatment for government buses - JUTC

Published:Thursday | October 24, 2013 | 5:07 PM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor – Radio

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is dismissing claims that government buses are receiving preferential treatment in relation to the new bus lane to be implemented along the Mandela Highway in St Catherine.

Under the new system, for which a trial will begin on November 1, one side of the dual carriageway will be converted into two-way traffic to accommodate a dedicated bus lane during peak hours.

Clinton Clarke, the Marketing and Communications Manager at the JUTC, has insisted that the move is aimed at easing congestion by removing the large articulated buses from the regular flow of traffic.

However, when asked why other buses are not being detoured, Clarke explained that the move is also aimed at improving the service offered by the bus company.

He pointed out that the JUTC is the only authorised franchise holder for public transportation in the Kingston Metropolitan Region and as such wouldn’t be getting an unfair advantage.

Clarke would not entertain suggestions that the move is aimed at increasing ridership on buses affiliated with the cash-strapped bus company.

He has apologised to commuters who were this morning stuck in traffic as a result of today's trail run of the changes.

He says the company hopes to resolve certain challenges which were observed during this morning’s operation when the trial run again takes place next Tuesday.


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