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  • Between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 24, the westbound lanes of the dual carriageway along Mandela Highway will be converted to two-way traffic.
  • This is to facilitate a dry run of a bus lane trial by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).
  • The operation will be supervised jointly by the National Works Agency (NWA), the Transport Authority, the Police Traffic Division and the JUTC.

The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, is advising the public that between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 24, the westbound lanes of the dual carriageway along Mandela Highway will be converted to two-way traffic.

This is to facilitate a dry run of a bus lane trial by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC). The three-month trial, which gets underway on November 1, will see the JUTC buses travelling along the Nelson Mandela Highway corridor using a designated bus lane.

During the three months, the westbound dual carriageway will be converted to two-way traffic from Caymanas Bay to the Plantation Heights entrance from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on weekdays and from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the opposite direction.

The operation will be supervised jointly by the National Works Agency (NWA), the Transport Authority, the Police Traffic Division and the JUTC.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Radcliffe Lewis, informed that the contra-flow lane will be adequately manned by personnel from the Police Traffic Division, who will funnel the buses in and out of the lane. This measure is expected to ease traffic congestion with the removal of the buses from those lanes during peak hour traffic.

Marketing and Communications Manager, Clinton Clarke, stated that with the Spanish Town Depot rolling out approximately 110 buses each morning and one bus being approximately three car lengths, the removal of the buses from the rush hour grid should free up the spaces of 67 buses – inclusive of the articulated and bi-articulated units, which represent approximately seven and 10 car lengths respectively – that would have been static in traffic.

“This should also cut the travel time of the buses by approximately 45 minutes resulting in a quicker turnaround of buses allowing them to be circulated twice within the peak periods,” he stated.

JUTC’s Deputy Managing Director in charge of Operations, Kirk Finnikin, said the agency will assess the operation over the three months, during which it will get feedback from numerous stakeholders on its effectiveness.

The period will also be used to measure the impact on traffic, ridership, fuel consumption and bus scheduling.

The dry run is for one day only, and is being undertaken during the morning peak hours, after which normal traffic operations will resume.