'We care for the poor, so we will continue to make people poor'
JAMAICA Observer online readers have reacted with outrage to Government's announcement of an increase in fares to ride Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses. The increases, which will take effect on Sunday, will see adult fares moving from $100 to $120; fares for students and the disabled increasing to $30 from $20; and senior citizens' fares moving from $20 to $60. The readers are particularly upset about how senior citizens will be impacted. Here are some edited comments:
So, will private operators be getting an increase as well? If no, why would anyone use JUTC as opposed to the cheaper private/robot operators?
We care for the poor, so we will continue to make people poor.
@Ricardo: More poor to care for!
Oops! Senior citizens get a blow! Others just need to talk less on their cellphones to afford the increase.
@newschecker: Most seniors will be staying home after this
I really do hope the same amount of increase is granted to the taxi and buses. The government needs to be fair across the board. They are feeling the burden also, plus JUTC is getting subsidies. So, why should they alone get an increase? Justice for all, I say, including the poor that the Government cares for.
@Drea Forbes: And that burden is to subside those who travel in KMTR. The rest of Jamaica has to pay the realistic fare to travel around.
Why do we continue to have these old dinosaurs in Parliament? They are just destroying the country with their inefficiencies. I hear Ronnie Thwaites telling parents that, for the coming school year, they may have to send water with their kids to flush toilets. Seriously? Are we progressing as a country?
...How does the government expect people to live? People, we need to go protest these kinda of injustice from the big government. Our elected officials... are failing us. They are doing as they like with no regards for us! PROTEST! PROTEST! PROTEST! THIS KINDA RADICAL BEHAVIOUR MUST STOP!
All this govt does is take, take, take.
Stacy - ann
This is a SLAP in the face!
While Lisa Hanna takes the ice bucket challenge.
Wow! Targeting senior citizens, the most vulnerable. How low will they go?
Jamaicans produce very little wealth and pay very little taxes in contrast to the services the government offers, so what do you expect? Tun it up!
Jamaica is getting from bad to worse. Targeting our elders who can barely afford the cost of living is despicable and disrespectful! If fares had to be raised, why not go from $20 to 30? Why double the fare? Heartless, if you ask me.
If I don't vote in the next election, it must be because I am dead!
So, becuz the JUTC caan run dem business and dem making a loss, dem a guh raise dem prices. So every other business in Jamaica can do the same thing?
@Sean Ferguson: Well, in response to your question, it's evident that "business 101" dictates that 'for any business to be sustainable, it must be realising a profit.'
Apparently I missed the announcement. Was there an increase in the pension amount paid to senior citizens?
Do they use bus passes in Jamaica, or are there special tickets for schoolchildren?
How else to secure votes at the polls? The PNP government is "genius". The greater the number of "poorerers" -- the more people to manipulate and fool with promises come election time. The PNP's secret manifesto is to "go out and make poor people." The million-dollar question is: when are Jamaicans going to wake up and realise that floodwaters are rising fast around them?
I want to know why is it that they always seem to do these things just before school starts, as if we are not pressured enough? This is a great time for the private operators to keep their fares lower so that people will flock them. And why so much of an increase for the senior citizens?
The ghost of the PNP is back to haunt Jamaica.
Come on man, after these people freeze our pay they keep hiking up the price of everything. No wonder people are depressed and doing all sorts of things. COST OF LIVING IS WAY TOO HIGH. Which part of that doesn't the government get?
This is injustice in its highest order. After dem pack up JUTC wid pure PNP supporters... dem now asking di travelling public to repair di damage. Not even di senior citizens are spared. WE WANT JUSTICE!
The PNP has done more to destroy this country than any other party in my 26 years of living on this earth.
This is just wickedness !
We NEED to protest! The day we strike and nobody takes a JUTC bus, u bet there will be changes. I believe so. Jamaican people need to UNITE and mek a change in our country! Let di government see dat we are hurting, cuz they obviously don't care.
An hanny must
While some of them focusing on the ice-bucket challenge HYPE!
This is crazy! We don't get raise a pay. Food raise, school fee raise, book raise n now bus fare raise; Government must do better. We cant survive in this country and if we were at least getting quality for our money, it wouldn't be bad.