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  • JUTC's seating capacity is being bolstered by the addition of 20 new articulated buses, which will provide 1, 600 more passenger seats.
  • Ten of the units will be rolled out immediately and the remaining 10 will begin operating at the start of the new school term in January.
  • The buses were commissioned into service at a short ceremony held on December 16, at the Half Way Tree Transportation Centre.

The seating capacity of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is being bolstered by the addition of 20 new articulated buses, which will provide 1, 600 more passenger seats.

Ten of the units will be rolled out immediately and the remaining 10 will begin operating at the start of the new school term in January. The buses were commissioned into service at a short ceremony held on December 16, at the Half Way Tree Transportation Centre.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. Hon. Morais Guy, in his address at the ceremony, said the safety, comfort and security of passengers utilizing the JUTC bus service is of utmost importance to the Government.

“This administration places a premium on the comfort, safety and security of commuters and wants to ensure that the commuters can be moved with speed, comfort and efficiency,” he stated.

He added that in the pursuit of a modern fleet, the JUTC will retire some of the older buses and refurbish others to maintain a world-class standard.

Managing Director of the JUTC, Colin Campbell, explained that each of the new buses has standing room for an additional 80 passengers for an overall capacity of 3, 200.

“In the past, seat numbers had fallen to the point where we were in breach of our license. When JUTC cannot perform adequately, it is an attraction to the unlicensed competition to come into the area in order to provide a service to persons but in an illegal way. We have an obligation to make sure that the JUTC can fulfill all the obligations of its licenses as well as its operating policies of providing safe, reliable and efficient transport services in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR),” he said.

The JUTC is licensed to provide 25, 000 passenger seats.

Mr. Campbell also pointed out that the buses have been enhanced for the Jamaican operating conditions.

“The vestibules (accordion-like joints) have been fitted with reinforcements to ensure that they are safe. We have also made corrections and changes to the emission systems to ensure that we operate more efficiently,” he explained.