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No backtracking on plans to end JUTC transfer system

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2013 | 7:32 AM

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says it has no plans to reverse its decision to discontinue transfers on its system.



The service will cease this Sunday.



But commuters have criticized the move since the JUTC made the announcement on Tuesday.



They argue that they will have to dig deeper into their pockets, which are already stretched, to find additional bus fare.



The current transfer system is free of cost.



However, JUTC chairman Reverend Garnet Roper maintains that the management of the JUTC has a responsibility to ensure the financial health of the company.



He says the abuse of the transfer system is causing the cash-strapped bus company to lose revenue.



Meanwhile, the JUTC chairman says bus routes have been created to fill those which will be affected by the discontinuation of the transfer system.



"I assure the commuting public that on every route that the transfers will be removed, there is a bus route that can take them there. So for example, they are coming from Duhaney Park or Washington Gardens, going to Papine, you can wait for the 24" said Roper".



"If you take the other bus you have to pay but the 24 will provide you with the same thing for the $100 dollars."



He says these alternative routes could be expanded if there is demand.



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