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JUTC says generally smooth start to new sub-franchise system

Published:Tuesday | April 1, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Sheldon Williams, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is reporting that there has been a generally smooth introduction of its new sub-franchise system.




However, JUTC's Managing Director Colin Campbell says there was an isolated incident in which a bus was stoned in the Duhaney Park area of St Andrew which resulted in injuries to two persons.



However, he says this did not affect operations in any way.



Speaking at a press conference this afternoon the JUTC Managing Director said 404 buses were rolled out by the company today and it expects a further boost to the fleet by the end of the month.



Turning to the issue of sub-franchise licensing fee, Campbell says operators will see a return on their investment.



Operators have complained that the increase in the fee from $250,000 to 750,000 is excessive.



However, Campbell says based on the JUTC’s calculations it projects that operators will see a revenue stream of $1 million per month.



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