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  • Chairman of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), Rev. Dr. Garnett Roper, says the timing of the pending fare increases is linked to a number of services that the bus company will be rolling out as of next month.
  • Rev. Roper stated that a technology application is to be introduced, to enable persons to access scheduling information on their cell phones.
  • The increases approved by Cabinet are: $120 for adults (up from $100); $30 for children (up from $20); and $60 for senior citizens, up from $20.

Chairman of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), Rev. Dr. Garnett Roper, says the timing of the pending fare increases is linked to a number of services that the bus company will be rolling out as of next month.
“For example, the benefit of a concession fare will only be accessible by the use of a Smarter Card, and we have to get ourselves ready. We are also going to launch a substantial marketing programme to make information available (to the public),” he explained at a press conference on August  20, where Minister of Transport, Works and Housing,  Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies announced the new fare rates, which become effective on Sunday, August 24.

Rev. Roper added that a technology application is also to be introduced, to enable persons to access scheduling information on their cell phones. “That will reduce the reliance on contact with an individual (for this information),” he pointed out.

Meanwhile, Managing Director of the JUTC, Collin Campbell, noted that on August 31, the company’s service standards will be published in the national newspapers.

“We will tell you every route, how many buses are on them, and what is the frequency and the headways on every single route…so you should be able to hold JUTC to a standard,” he said.

Additionally, a Global Positioning System (GPS) locator will be installed on every unit. “If you know which bus your child is on, we will be able to tell you where your child is. So, we are ramping up our technology in a very serious way.  We will be able to deliver a service at a standard that you can hold us to, and which is comparable to any bus service anywhere on the globe,” Mr. Campbell said.

The increases approved by Cabinet are: $120 for adults (up from $100); $30 for children (up from $20); and $40 for senior citizens, up from $20.