Ready for school
The state-run bus firm Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) said it is prepared for the start of the school year which begins tomorrow.
"We are much better placed to deliver a better service when compared to previous years," said Reginald Allen, corporate communications manager for the JUTC.
Allen said his company's fleet comprises more and newer buses than in former years, and all of them are available to the general public.
"Last year, we had 270 to 280 buses. Today, the number stands well over 300," he said, "and the average age of these buses is three years compared to eight and nine a couple years ago," he continued.
Since year, the state-owned bus company added 100 53-seater units to its fleet.
The corporate communications manager said the school year was a "very significant period" for the company and additional units would be allocated where necessary to deal with the increased volume.
"School routes will be getting a high level of resources," said Allen.
The JUTC plies 110 routes in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region which comprises urban St Catherine, Kingston and St Andrew, and sections of St Thomas.
Allen stressed with newer buses in the system, reliabilty would be a direct spin-off.
"You'll have fewer breakdown [of buses] and all passengers would travel in comfort," said Allen.