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Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, has indicated his desire to have discussions with the Ministry of Education on a proposal to have Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Smart Cards tailored for students.
Mr. Henry said this would allow the Smart Cards, which are being implemented in all JUTC buses, to be personalised in such a manner that students can easily be identified by the school they attend. This would include the names of the institutions, among other details, on their Smart Cards.
The Minister said this would ensure greater safety for students, and is part of a programme to ensure that students and pensioners are allowed a subsidised fare. Such detailed information would allow for easier identification and quantification of persons eligible for this fare type.
He was speaking at the official handing over of 50 new state-of-the-art Volvo buses to the JUTC, by Belgian bus-making company VDL Jonckeere, on Lady Musgrave Road, today (June 1).
Mr. Henry noted that the company had set a target for Smart Card usage at 25 per cent of its revenue for the 2010/2011 fiscal year, and 50 per cent by the end of the following fiscal period.
The JUTC Smart Card allows commuters to pay fares, using a pre-paid swipe card, thus eliminating the need to use cash.
Another 50 units are to arrive in the island between July and August, bringing the number of buses sourced from VDL Jonkeere this fiscal year to 100. Another 100 are to be purchased for 2011/12. Last year 100 buses were also sourced for the JUTC from the company.