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JUTC rolls out three-month bus lane trial today
2013-11-01 07:08:14 | (0 Comments)
The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has made changes to the operation of a dedicated lane for its buses along the Mandela Highway, in St Catherine.
The three month trial for the bus lane is to begin this morning.
During the three months, the lane heading into Spanish Town will be converted to two-way traffic from Caymanas Bay to the Plantation Heights entrance.
The bus company had initially planned for the bus lane to be used from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. daily.
However, it has changed the time of operation to between 6 a.m.-8 a.m.
JUTC’s deputy managing director of Operations, Kirk Finnikin, says plans for the dedicated bus lane to be in operation during the afternoons between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. have also been scrapped.
He says a decision will be taken at a later date as to whether the JUTC will use the bus lane in the afternoons.
He says the company will continue to measure and assess the impact of the new bus lane.
Meanwhile, Finnikin is urging curious motorists not to slow down along the stretch where the bus lane has been set up as that will result in further delays.
The state-run bus company has insisted that the change along the thoroughfare is an attempt to ease the flow of traffic during the peak hours.
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