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JUTC buses breaking down too often

Published:Friday | May 20, 2022 | 12:07 AM
In this 2020 photo commuters are seen getting on to a JUTC bus in Portmore.
In this 2020 photo commuters are seen getting on to a JUTC bus in Portmore.


I am using this medium to voice my frustration with the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC). For the past few months, I have been a frequent commuter on the JUTC buses, mostly on route numbers 78 and 68. In most instances, I must say these buses are on time if there is minimal traffic, and I must congratulate them on that. The problem I am facing is that the buses on these routes are constantly developing mechanical problems, which I find very disturbing.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying vehicles cannot develop mechanical problems, but what I’m trying to say is that the buses on these routes are breaking down too frequently, which is an ordeal for the passengers and puts them at inconvenience. About a month ago, I was going to work on route 68, and en route the bus developed some mechanical problem in Liguanea. Despite this, the bus could continue its journey; however, when we reached the Towers above Cross Roads, it gave up and could not proceed.

On a second occasion, last Friday (May 13), I was on a No. 68 bus going downtown. Upon reaching the Cross Roads, the bus developed mechanical issues and could not go any further. Thankfully, there was a route 800 bus passing by, and could carry the stranded passengers. Earlier this week, again I was passing Orange Street and I saw a route 68 bus parked along the roadside; it had developed mechanical issues and had broken down.

I’m seeing the buses developing mechanical issues much too often, specifically on route 68. I think it’s about time the Government steps in to ensure that the buses are properly serviced, or hire professionals to inspect these buses, to ensure they are fit to go on the road.