Mandela Highway bus-lane trial run a success -- JUTC

Mandela Highway bus-lane trial run a success -- JUTC

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Management at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says that a second test run on a designated bus lane along the Mandela Highway Tuesday morning resulted in improve traffic movement.
According to Manager of the JUTC’s Spanish Town Depot, Neville Francis, Tuesday morning’s trial run began on time and it made significant difference to the amount of traffic on the highway.
The first evening test run takes today Tuesday between 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm.
Meanwhile, JUTC’s Deputy Managing Director, with responsibility for Operations, Kirk Finnikin, said that following an extensive review of last Thursday’s (October 24) test run, the team was much better prepared to undertake the second trial.
He said they were able to move an additional 6,000 passengers during the three- hour test run on October 24, which saw approximately 70 buses travelling in the six-kilometre lane from Caymanas Bay to Ferry in the vicinity of the entrance to Plantation Heights.
Finnikin cited some of the changes that were made for Tuesday’s trial run.
“We assessed the situation and recognised that cones could be taken up earlier than 9:00 am, which we did, and this allowed vehicular traffic on the westbound side to return to normal earlier than expected,” he said.
Finnikin said there was less traffic in the eastbound lanes and the free flow of traffic began much earlier than on October 24.
“Up to forty-five minutes to an hour before the scheduled cut off time, there was improved traffic flow on the eastbound side of the highway,” he added.
The designated bus lane is expected to improve traffic movement along the highway and alleviate the traffic congestion usually experienced along that corridor during peak hours. A three-month trial period will begin on Friday, November 1 at 6:00 am.

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