ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Rural bus operators increasing fares to enter Kingston

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The Hagley Park Road Rehabilitation Project is very good for the further development of the country's infrastructure but it has inconvenienced many commuters. However, kudos to Prime Minister Andrew Holness for acknowledging the cries of those who utilise these routes on a daily basis, as he has recently announced the opening of a new bypass to mitigate the congestion.

But, some rural bus operators are increasing fares as they take an alternative route to avoid the buildup of traffic along Mandela Highway. I was recently on a bus from Mandeville to Kingston and after handing the conductor a $500 note and requesting my change I was told that that is the fare because they are going to Portmore.

Taking a bus from Mandeville to Kingston usually costs $450 but commuters are being charged $500 to help with the toll as they are told. Instead of heading unto the Mandela Highway, the Portmore Toll Road is being utilized. Is this increase in fare legal? So dependent on the level of traffic then passengers are to juggle whether the fare will be the same or increased?

We know that with any development, especially on such a large scale, there are going to be delays; but if the operators want to take an alternative route to get to their destination in a relatively good time why take an alternative that adds further costs to the passengers? Jodieann Patrick

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