With possible changes coming early next year for the public-transportation system in downtown Kingston, Transport and Works Minister, Dr Omar Davies, yesterday led a high-level multi-agency delegation on a tour of the Municipal Transport Centre at Water Lane.

The proposed changes include the relocation of some privately-owned and Jamaica Urban Transit Company, JUTC, buses to the Down Town Municipal Transportation Centre and Car Park Number 3, along Port Royal Street.

This, with the aim of easing congestion in the Parade area.

A dispatch system would also be implemented for the JUTC buses from Port Royal Street to Parade, similar to the arrangement for the rural buses from St. Thomas.

The overall thrust is to substantially reduce the number of JUTC and other public passenger vehicles that park or lay-over in the Parade area.

Meanwhile, Minister Davies challenged the Agencies to review the challenges and issues outlined by the stakeholders and submit a revised proposal by the first week of January next year.

He also cautioned the group that broad-based stakeholder engagement and public education will be necessary before implementation.

During yesterday’s tour, Minister Davies reiterated the need to maximize the use of the existing facilities and improve the overall conditions including the cleanliness of the areas and public sanitary convenience.