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  • The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is urging the public to purchase their smarter cards early.
  • The cashless system will be fully implemented on April 1.
  • Persons, who have already purchased the cards, can begin using them immediately.

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is urging the public to purchase their smarter cards early to avoid a rush when the cashless system is fully implemented on April 1.

Marketing and Communications Assistant at the JUTC, Lisa Ann Edwards, said persons, who have already purchased the cards, can begin using them immediately.

“For those persons, who have not yet obtained a card, we are asking that they do so and do not wait on the deadline because what we are expecting is that closer to the date, there will be a rush.

“To avoid that, we urge persons to go out early, get their cards, start topping up at the access points that are going to be rolled out (to) ease into the new system by the 31st of March,” she said in a recent interview with JIS News.

“We are urging the travelling public to assist us in making it an ease in transition to this cashless system, because ultimately, this is for a better performing bus system and it is also for their benefit in terms of safety,” Miss Edwards noted.

The smarter cards are available at the JUTC’s East Parade office, downtown Kingston; Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre, St. Andrew; and the Spanish Town Lay-by, St. Catherine.

The introduction of the robust electronic fare collection system forms part of measures to stop revenue leakage at the JUTC.

It will also foster greater efficiency in the processing of commuters boarding the buses, and allow for bus crew to focus on safer driving practices and improved customer service.