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JUTC sub-franchise licence applicants to know status in two weeks

Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2014 | 3:33 PM

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says private operators in the Kingston Metropolitan Region (KMTR) will know in two weeks whether their applications for sub-franchise routes have been successful.

Marketing and communications manager for the JUTC, Clinton Clarke says 372 applications were received after Friday’s deadline for 425 spaces in the region.

He says while there are more spaces than applicants, it is not a guarantee all will get a licence.

The 425 spaces are available on 22 routes.

There were 37 JUTC routes being supplemented or fully replaced by private operators but the State-owned bus company has reclaimed 15 as part of its efforts to maximise on earnings.

Despite protests by the operators who claim their livelihoods will be devastated, the JUTC has pushed ahead with the process to begin phasing out the sub-franchise system starting on April 1.

Under the sub-franchise licences, private operators pay the JUTC on a per seat basis to operate on the KMTR routes.


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