Letters to the Editor

Fare increase during roadwork unacceptable

Wednesday, September 19, 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.

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 construction of a new bypass to mitigate the congestion.

However, some rural bus operators are increasing fares as they take an alternative route to avoid the build-up 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 is the fare because they are going through 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 to the Mandela Highway, the Portmore Toll Road is being utilised. Is this increase in fare legal?

So, dependent on the level of traffic, 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?

There has been constant talk about fare increases, especially for bus operators, but approaching it this way through this dilemma is unacceptable.

Jodie-Ann Patrick

jodie.ann.patrick@gmail.com

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