Scenes of the Transport Center
Many commuters today (Wednesday, September 25), still have to find alternative means of transportation, because the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses are not on the road.
Yesterday, employees of the state-owned entity refused to work following the murder of one of their colleagues on Monday night.
The drivers and union representatives met with the management of JUTC and expressed their concerns for the need for security.
JUTC agreed with the terms and engaged the services of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, for increased security in select areas. However, this seems to have not been enough for the drivers to head out this morning, as buses are still not operating within and around the corporate area.
The gates of the Half-Way Tree Transport Center are open, and not one bus can be seen inside. According to members of the JUTC ” they are awaiting police escort” before driving out.
Commuters are being forced to dig deeper into their pockets to get from one place to another via public transportation. The cost of getting to Half Way Tree from anywhere on the boulevard has increased 100 percent, from $100 to $200. Persons traveling from Half Way Tree to UWI/New Kingston/Old Hope Road are being forced to pay between $300 and $500.
The Transport Authority has indicated that this ought not to happen and that it is an injustice to commuters. The JUTC hopes to resume its services before 5 p.m. today.
By: Shannon-Dale Reid
Photo credit: Shannon-Dale Reid