JUTC announces rate increases
Persons using the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) charter services will be hit with a 30 per cent rate hike effective Monday.
Cecil Thoms, the communication manager at the state-owned bus company said the increase will affect persons who charter the buses to go into rural areas for events such as funeral, parties and school excursions.
"The rates really are being increased base on increased operational cost, and of course, to ensure that we are a lot more competitive in the marketplace," Thoms said.
He said that the JUTC goes to over 125 major towns and about 91 attractions islandwide and the effects of the increase rates may vary base on the destination of the journey.
"This is not the regular bus service. It is tailor-made special assignment to suit the budget of the client. A person may want to use a luxury coach which has television screens and customer service attendant and that is more costly than the regular bus itself that is a little bit cheaper," he said.
He said that the last time the charter rates for leaving from Kingston to rural areas was in 2014.