SPANISH TOWN, St. Catherine: The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be operating a limited service for essential and frontline staff during the seven (7) no-movement days, which will take effect on Sunday, August 22, 2021 .
Corporate Communications Manager Cecil Thoms says the service will be available from 5am to 7:30pm during the period of the no-movement days. “We have revised our operations due to the reduced demand for our service that is expected during the no-movement period. Essential and frontline workers can access our revised operating schedules on our website www.iutc.gov.im and our social media platforms for information on the various routes,” Mr. Thoms said.
The bus company wishes to advise that with the curfew being extended today to 9pm that buses will be available until 8:30pm to facilitate essential workers who may leave work late and need to do last minute shopping. On days when the curfew is at 8pm, the last trip for all routes will be at 7:30pm.
“We are encouraging commuters to take note of the curfew times and NOT to wait until the appointed time to get their business done. Let me also say that on the no-movement days, we will be operating with a skeleton staff, with only essential workers being on the ground to include bus drivers and members of our maintenance team,” Mr Thoms continued.
Meanwhile, the JUTC’s ticket office will be closed on no-movement days, but will reopen on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 for commuters wishing to top-up or block lost or stolen SmarterCards. As such, we are appealing to commuters to top up their SmarterCards in advance.
The JUT C is urging commuters to wear their masks, ensuring that their noses are covered for the entire length of their journey when using public transportation and to adhere to the established health protocols. Keep safe and stay alive.