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Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be introducing a cash-less system on its buses in short order.

Under the new system, commuters will pay using a SmarterCard, which is expected to be more comprehensive than the SmartCard payment method, first introduced by the company 10 years ago.        

Under the new system, commuters will be able to top-up their SmarterCards at over 1,000 outlets.

Minister Davies was speaking at a handing-over ceremony for 10 new Volvo buses by the JUTC to the island's security forces, at the company's Spanish Town Depot, in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on September 7.

He further informed that the JUTC will also be introducing a 'Park and Ride' bus system in the municipality of Portmore, St. Catherine, to facilitate motorists who wish to access the public transportation system.

"I draw attention to how effective the 'Park and Ride' was during the Independence celebrations, and so we'd like to do that as part of the normal transportation from Portmore into Kingston," he said.

Dr. Davies said the Ministry will provide further information on the proposed service in short order.

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