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Bear with us, says JUTC

By Balford Henry
Observer senior reporter

Friday, March 09, 2018

CECIL Thoms, corporate communications manager at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), says that the national bus company is aware that its service has been experiencing delays over the past few weeks, but declares this is no fault of the public transport company.

According to communications manager, the delays are attributed to the number of road improvement projects currently taking place in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA), which includes Kingston, St Andrew, and St Catherine.

“We are appealing to the public that we are really doing the best we can in the circumstances. But the fact is that there is nothing we can do about the delays being caused by the number of road improvements projects. We are appealing for patience,” he told Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

Thoms said in addition to the delays, the service is also suffering from a reduction in fleet size — from 450 per day to 390 and 400.

This, according to Thoms, is mainly due to the large number of vehicles vandalised as well as the need for spare parts.

“We are about to embark on a major maintenance programme to get back as many buses as possible back on the roads. Our fleet is an aged one. We got about 30 new Dragon buses some two years and we are not scheduled to get any new buses until 2021,” he said.

Meanwhile, the company will continue to import the necessary spare parts to keep the fleet as close as possible to the 450 buses per day mark.