With the re-opening of the Bog Walk gorge road in St. Catherine, the train service between Linstead and Spanish Town will be scaled down to one trip daily from Wednesday, August 24, until the new school year gets fully under way on September 12.
The service will involve a 6:30 a.m. departure from Linstead, arriving in Spanish Town at 7:15 a.m. In the evenings, the train will depart Spanish Town at 6:00 and arrive at Linstead at 6:45.
Between now and the full start of the new school year, the rail service will be assessed in terms of the anticipated increase in commuter demands associated with the school system.
Additionally, the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) is now actively exploring the option of extending the rail service to the May Pen to Spanish Town route for the new school year.
The rail service forms part of the Rural/Urban Transport Programme being developed by the Ministry of Transport and Works as part of its overall Multi-Modal Transport Policy. Similarly to how passenger rail service is to be reintroduced to the wider central Jamaica, the publicly-operated bus service is to be channelled into areas like Clarendon and Manchester, to give commuters more options in terms of the modes of transportation that are available to them.