JUTC adds 20 new buses, increases seating capacity
The seating capacity of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is being bolstered by the addition of 20 new articulated buses, which will provide 1,600 more passenger seats.
Ten of the units will be rolled out immediately and the remaining 10 will begin operating at the start of the new school term in January.
The buses were commissioned into service at a ceremony held at the Half-Way Tree Transportation Centre yesterday.
Managing Director of the JUTC, Colin Campbell, explained that each of the new buses has standing room for an additional 80 passengers for an overall capacity of 3,200.
He noted that in the past, seat numbers had fallen to the point where the JUTC was in breach of its license.
He said whenever the JUTC is not able to perform adequately it is an attraction to the unlicensed competition to provide a service to persons illegally.
The JUTC is licensed to provide 25,000 passenger seats.
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Dr Morais Guy also announced that the JUTC will retire some of the older buses and refurbish others to maintain a world-class standard.
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