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  • Public transportation operations in downtown Kingston are expected to be significantly improved by June 2016, when the Government is slated to roll out new arrangements.
  • Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, made the announcement during his 2015/16 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 21.
  • Dr. Davies noted that this will, among other things, reduce the number of JUTC buses parked in the Parade area, as the units will be located away from the site, and dispatched there on an “as-needed basis”.

Public transportation operations in downtown Kingston are expected to be significantly improved by June 2016, when the Government is slated to roll out new arrangements.

Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, made the announcement during his 2015/16 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 21.

“The new arrangements will see improvements in the operations of Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses and the Public Passenger Vehicles (PPV) regulated by the Transport Authority (TA) at Pechon Street; Darling Street; Water Lane – North and South; and North and South Parade,” he said.

Dr. Davies noted that this will, among other things, reduce the number of JUTC buses parked in the Parade area, as the units will be located away from the site, and dispatched there on an “as-needed basis”.

“Plans for the reorganised flows are far advanced and we expect it to be in place in March; but we are going to have a roll-out in June,” he said.

The engagement entails collaboration involving the Ministry and its entities – the JUTC and Transport Authority; the Urban Development Corporation (UDC); Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC); Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); and West Kingston Member of Parliament, Desmond McKenzie.