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The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be acquiring 50 new buses early next year, while at the same time, overhauling number of seven-year old units in its fleet, to meet public transport needs in the corporate area.
JUTC Marketing and Communications Manager, Gwyneth Davidson, told JIS News that the bus company has “provided specifications for 50 buses that will adequately supplement the JUTC fleet, while overhauls are done on existing units. These 50 buses will provide an additional 2,200 seats at any one time”.
The units to be acquired, she said, include a number of “mistral Volvo buses, similar to those that are currently being used for the JUTC premium service; Volvo articulated air-conditioned buses; and MAN single operator air-conditioned buses”.
She noted that while the investment would enhance regular service within the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR), “it would also allow the company to fulfill the requirement to move upwards of 15,000 spectators between Sabina Park and five designated car parks” during the staging of the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
According to Mrs. Davidson, “the JUTC will be the ground transportation provider for spectators between Sabina Park and the designated ‘park and ride’ facilities in Kingston”, adding that the company also plans to transport persons from the corporate area to the cricket ground in Trelawny.
Meanwhile, the JUTC Marketing and Communications Manager told JIS News that the bus company would be encouraging drivers to commute with the JUTC, as part of a special energy saving thrust.
She said that, “improving the fleet with more comfortable buses will be an additional attraction for commuters to use the JUTC service. This includes car owners, whom the JUTC is targeting to be commuters.”