Commuters could see an improvement in the service offered by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) in the short term, with the planned refurbishing of a number of the company’s old and out-of-service buses.
Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, has informed that the state-run bus company will be embarking on an extensive refurbishing programme to make this a reality.
"The Volvo buses are extremely durable, but like anything else, they have to be maintained," he said.
Dr. Davies was speaking at a handing-over ceremony for some 10 new Volvo buses by the JUTC to the island's security forces, at the company’s Spanish Town Depot, in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on September 7.
He noted that the Ministry would be working closely with the HEART/Trust/NTA to establish a facility, which will "allow us in Jamaica to refurbish buses, thus improving the period in which each bus can be in service."
Minister Davies further informed that the JUTC has increased its roll-out of buses to more than 350 for the new academic year, which began on September 3.
"We intend to go close to 400 buses, and that will put us in a position to provide a more efficient service, but also to do what the JUTC was established to do and that is, give ordinary working persons decent transportation. We believe that 400 buses will be able to do that," he said.
The Minister said he has been assured by the management and the Board that the company will be in a position to achieve that soon.