JUTC to reclaim six routes today
THE State-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will reclaim some routes which were run by private operators in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region today -- the start of the new sub-franchise system.
The routes which sub-franchise operators will no longer be able to transport passengers are numbers 3,17 Express, 19A, 31A, 32 and 42. Route 3 is from Christian Gardens to downtown Kingston; Route 17 Express is from Greater Portmore to Cross Roads, via downtown Kingston; Route 19A runs from Greater Portmore to Papine; Route 31A is Duhaney Park to downtown Kingston, via Marcus Garvey Drive; Route 32 is Dunhaney Park to downtown Kingston, via Half-Way-Tree, while Route 42 is Constant Spring to downtown Kingston.
The JUTC said in a statement yesterday that taking back of these routes meant the licences of the sub-franchisees affected would have expired yesterday.
"Sub-franchisees are now expected to operate only on routes that have been approved for them by the JUTC in the reformed system," the bus company said.
In the meantime, the JUTC said that although the new system is effective today, other sub-franchisees will have until April 8 to regularise their buses, which includes colour-coding and making payments only on the routes for which they were approved.