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OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN ON TRANSPORT’S COMMENTS ON TA/JUTC MISINFORMED AND MISLEADING

KINGSTON JAMAICA, MAY 5, 2017

The Transport Authority (TA) and the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) note with alarm and dismay, assertions by Opposition Spokesman on Transport, Mikael Phillips, in his sectoral budget presentation in Parliament earlier this week, regarding the perceived impact of new TA licensing arrangements on JUTC operations within the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR).

Having examined the published outline of Mr. Phillips’ presentation, it is evident that he was misinformed on the subject matter, and aspects of his statements were inaccurate and misleading.

As a case in point, Mr. Phillips stated that 6,000 new road licences were issued by the TA between June 2016 and January 2017, when, in fact, only 2,700 new road licences were issued island-wide during the period. Additionally, the majority of the new road licences have absolutely no connection with the JUTC’s operations in the KMTR.

Among the reasons for the new decision to permit Hiace buses to terminate in the KMTR is a focus on minimizing congestion in Spanish Town and its environs, reducing the cost of travel, travel time and hassle for rural commuters travelling into the KMTR.  Prior to the change, rural passengers terminating in Spanish Town would have been required to pay an additional fare to get into the Corporate Area.

The reality is that the TA and the JUTC are jointly fostering improved transportation arrangements for the commuting public, which includes a new terminal point for rural buses entering the KMTR. These arrangements have been reached through consultation between the two entities over time, and the JUTC’s Managing Director, Paul Abrahams, is refuting Mr. Phillips’ assertion that the new arrangements are pushing the state-owned bus company out of business.

“The assertion is completely without foundation, as the JUTC will not be adversely affected,” said Mr. Abrahams.

Contact: 
Petra- Kene Williams General Manager, Human Resources & Administration (Acting)       
Tel.: 1-888-991-5687