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  • The trial run made a significant difference to the amount of traffic on the highway.
  • They were able to move an additional 6,000 passengers during the three-hour test run on October 24.
  • The designated bus lane is expected to improve traffic movement along the highway.

A second test run on the designated lane for eastbound Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses along the Nelson Mandela Highway on October 29, resulted in improved traffic movement.

The trial run began on time and according to Manager of the JUTC’s Spanish Town Depot, Neville Francis, this made a significant difference to the amount of traffic on the highway.

In an interview with JIS News, the JUTC’s Deputy Managing Director, with responsibility for Operations, Kirk Finnikin, said that following an extensive review of last Thursday’s (October 24) test run, the team was much better prepared to undertake the second trial.

He said they were able to move an additional 6,000 passengers during the three-hour test run on October 24, which saw approximately 70 buses travelling in the six-kilometre lane from Caymanas Bay to Ferry in the vicinity of the entrance to Plantation Heights.

Mr. Finnikin cited some of the changes that were made for the second trial run. “We assessed the situation and recognised that cones could be taken up earlier than 9:00 a.m., which we did, and this allowed vehicular traffic on the westbound side to return to normal earlier than expected,” he said.

Commenting on the traffic situation on the other side, Mr. Finnikin said there was less traffic in the eastbound lanes and the free flow of traffic began much earlier than on October 24. “Up to forty-five minutes to an hour before the scheduled cut off time, there was improved traffic flow on the eastbound side of the highway,” he added.

The first evening test run takes today between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The designated bus lane is expected to improve traffic movement along the highway and alleviate the traffic congestion usually experienced along that corridor during peak hours. The official three-month trial period will begin on Friday, November 1, beginning at 6:00 am.