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  • A total of 55 new buses are slated to arrive the island shortly to boost the fleet of the state-run Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).
  • Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, who has portfolio responsibility for the JUTC, told journalists at a media briefing at the Ministry on Friday, February 15, that the buses, which are being provided by Belgian manufacturer, VDL Jonckheere, should arrive between April and May.
  • Dr. Davies, who was providing an update on developments in his Ministry, said 20 of the buses are articulated with the remainder being regular size units. He pointed out that four of the buses will be equipped with features to accommodate persons using wheelchairs.

A total of 55 new buses are slated to arrive the island shortly to boost the fleet of the state-run Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).

Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, who has portfolio responsibility for the JUTC, told journalists at a media briefing at the Ministry on Friday, February 15, that the buses, which are being provided by Belgian manufacturer, VDL Jonckheere, should arrive between April and May.

Dr. Davies, who was providing an update on developments in his Ministry, said 20 of the buses are articulated with the remainder being regular size units. He pointed out that four of the buses will be equipped with features to accommodate persons using wheelchairs.

The Minister said the JUTC received 65 buses in 2012, of which five were allocated to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF); five to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), and five to Montego Bay Metro Company Limited. The remainder, he said, were incorporated into the JUTC’s fleet.

In assessing the management of the JUTC, Dr. Davies expressed satisfaction with improvements being effected, pointing out that “I am pleased with the progress which has been made to date, particularly in terms of improving the turn out (and) improving the efficiency”. He, however, acknowledged that additional work remains to be carried out.

The Minister also disclosed plans for a re-examination of the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre’s operations.