JIS News

Some 60 drivers at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be selected to receive specialised training in order to transport visitors during the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) next year.
According to Gwyneth Davidson, Marketing and Public Relations Manager at the JUTC, a committee is currently perusing the applications and employment records from approximately 150 drivers, from which 60 will be short-listed before the end of this year.
“We had an overwhelming response from our crews and we consider this to be good because the selectors will have a nice pool from which to get the cream of the crop that will give the best service,” she told JIS News.
In addition, she said that the JUTC was well into its preparation for the event. “The JUTC is very proud to be the ground transportation provider for ICC CWC 2007 and we have already started to sensitise our staff about the importance of providing good service for the event,” she said.
Mrs. Davidson also noted that the JUTC had commenced sensitising commuters on routes that will be affected such as the route along South Camp Road. “We have put some posters on our buses and we also have notices on our website www.jutc.com advising persons that some routes will be adjusted in the vicinity of Sabina Park,” she explained.
In the meantime, some 50 buses have been ordered, of which 10 will be the Mistral Volvos, which is used for the Premium service and the other buses will be a mix of articulated and 40-seat buses.
“We will also have buses that can do well on the hilly routes. These tend to be a little more specialised in their design and their specs are different,” she pointed out, while adding that all buses would be air-conditioned.
She anticipates that the buses will arrive early in 2007 in good time for them to be properly prepared for test runs before being put into service for the ICC CWC World Cup. At the end of the event these buses will be put into regular service. “This forms part of the replacement schedule for JUTC buses,” Mrs. Davidson said.