The leadership of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, JUTC, is admitting that the state-owned bus company is facing a ‘chronic shortage’ of buses.
The admission comes after an increase in complaints from commuters who say they’re experiencing significant delays on several JUTC bus routes.
The Managing Director of the JUTC is Paul Abrahams.
He says of the nearly 100 buses that are out of operation, approximately half could be brought back into service soon if the parts are provided.
While, the other half needs major repairs.
Mr. Abrahams says the JUTC needs to be rolling out about 435 buses daily to be able to satisfy the needs of commuters who depend on its service.
In the meantime, Mr. Abrahams says the company has ordered bus parts that should arrive in December.
He says that should increase the number of buses daily to about 420 to 430 by January.
The JUTC Managing Director believes this should significantly ease the shortage.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister, Mike Henry, is to respond to questions in the House of Representatives today on the reported shortage of JUTC buses.
In recent weeks, commuters have complained about waiting long hours for JUTC buses.
Minister Henry is to respond to questions from his Opposition counterpart, Mikhail Phillips, in Parliament just after 2:00 this afternoon.