The State-owned bus company, Jamaica Urban Transit Company, JUTC, is under pressure to meet the emerging demand for public transportation by members of the work-force.

The JUTC continues to carry only seated passengers who are wearing masks as part of their COVID-19 protocol.

Managing Director for the JUTC, Paul Abrahams, says the company may face a challenge providing the seats required during peak hours this week.

Mr. Abrahams says the company is experiencing a shortage of buses due to maintenance issues.

He added that the JUTC would need to provide a minimum of 500 buses to meet the demand in the Kingston Metropolitan Area.

Paul Abrahams, Managing Director for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company JUTC.

But, Mr Abrahams says the challenges would be greater if schools were still in session.

He noted that the JUTC is awaiting the approval of a tender for the purchase of 45 Diesel and 5 electric buses to add to its fleet.

Mr. Abrahams was speaking with Cliff Hughes in our Weekly Youtube Series, COVID-19 & You.