The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is assuring commuters that there will be adequate buses to service the shuttle system that will form part of the new downtown Kingston transport arrangement.
Speaking at a JIS Think Tank this week, the company’s Corporate Communications Manager, Reginald Allen, informed that eight buses, consisting of four articulated and four regular buses, have been dedicated to the service.
“We will start that way and rationalise as we go along, but one mistake you don’t want to make is to have inadequate seating, so we’re planning at the high-end and we will have reserve shuttles,” he informed.
The shuttle service, which gets underway January 15, will operate between Parade and the Water Lane and Pechon Street parks, from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily.
Mr. Allen said the aim is to have buses moving out every four minutes during peak hours and between six and eight minutes during off-peak hours.
He assured that the regular transport service offered by the JUTC will not be affected by the operation of the shuttle service as the buses to be used were not being pulled from the general fleet.
He explained that as new vehicles are acquired, the old ones are taken out of the fleet for rehabilitation and “its buses from that core that we will be drawing on for this service. So, there will be no negative impact in terms of the volume of the fleet for the regular service”.
Mr. Allen told JIS News that the JUTC is committed to providing the service as part of the downtown Kingston re-development plan.
The JUTC will be footing the full cost of the shuttle service, which is projected at $60 million per year. Mr. Allen said that the amount has been factored in the company’s budget.
He informed that as part of the arrangement, a portable ticket office will be put in place “to ensure that doing any transaction with the company is as comfortable and convenient as possible”.
The JUTC operates more than 190 buses from the Parade area, which are dispatched to several locations in the Corporate Area and St. Catherine.