The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be adding 100 buses to routes in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) as of Monday (September 1).
This will bring the number of buses in operation to 445, said the bus company’s Managing Director, Colin Campbell.
He was addressing a media briefing at the JUTC’s Spanish Town Depot in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine on August 27, following a tour of several JUTC locations.
He noted that up to the end of the last school term, the JUTC operated 400 buses, which were then reduced to 345 during the summer period.
“So, on Monday morning, there will be an additional 100 JUTC buses on the road and we expect that this will provide full service for the entire KMTR,” he said.
Mr. Campbell assured that the buses will be running according to a schedule, as the company works to improve the quality of its service to the public.
“We will not just be throwing 445 buses on the road, but we will have a schedule of every single route, all 120 routes that the JUTC operates,” he said.
He informed that those schedules will be posted in the JUTC’s transport centres; on its website http://www.jutc.com/, on flyers; and they will also be published in the two major newspapers on Sunday, August 31.
“So, everybody will be able to buy a copy of the Gleaner, or the Observer on Sunday and you will be able to keep that schedule and select the route that applies to you,” he said.
“You will be able to see how many buses are on that particular route and what is the frequency, what is the first arrival or first departure time in the morning, and you’ll be able to know that “on my route, there is a bus every 10 minutes or every five minutes’ and you’ll be able to plan your life according to that schedule,” Mr. Campbell said.
Prior to the media briefing, the Managing Director, accompanied by several JUTC executives, led a tour of the company’s Spanish Town Depot, Portmore Depot, the Ashenheim Road Maintenance facility and the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre.