Three rural towns are to benefit from improved bus service as the Government seeks to provide a more structured public transportation system across the island.
Minister of Transport and Works, the Hon Mike Henry, addressing the House of Representatives during his Sectoral Debate presentation on Tuesday (July 27).
The towns are Ocho Rios, St. Ann; Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth; and May Pen, Clarendon.
Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, who made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2010/11 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 27, said that the service would be modelled after the public bus system, which is being formulated for the city of Montego Bay, with the required adjustments.
He said that focus will be placed on students and workers, especially those in the farm belts and tourist centres.
“The initiative is coming out of recognition of the cost to children and workers to attend school and work, which, a more structured public transportation arrangement, will help to defray. The proposed plan for May Pen, for example, will involve a service that covers all the major schools within and around the town,” Mr. Henry told the House.
In the meantime, he informed that the operations of the Montego Bay Metro bus service had been boosted by the addition of new air conditioned units.
He said that the new buses had allowed for more flexibility in the service offered.