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August 27, 2014
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Smooth transition to new JUTC fares

Transition to the new fare structure of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has been fairly smooth, says Deputy Managing Director of Operations at the JUTC, Kirk Finnikin.

Since Sunday, August 24, commuters started paying the approved increases of: $120 for adults, up from $100; $30 for students and the disabled, up from $20; and $40 for senior citizens, up from $20.

Finnikin noted that there has been a small glitch regarding the issuing of tickets to seniors who pay by cash, explaining that the elderly who pay by cash have been receiving tickets showing $30.

"It's a matter that has been brought to our attention and we are resolving it in the shortest possible time. We have been in contact with the developers and they are responding to us to provide a solution. Until then, we are asking that the seniors who use cash to pay their $40, accept the $30 ticket from the ticket machine, because the JUTC drivers have no control over that situation," he said.

He added that the JUTC expects the situation to be resolved during the course of this week.

Meanwhile, Finnikin is reminding all seniors and concessionary passengers to avoid the rush and get their Smarter Cards before September 1.

As of September 1, concessionary fares on JUTC buses can only be accessed with the use of a JUTC Smarter Card.

The smarter cards are available at the JUTC's East Parade office, downtown Kingston; Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre, St. Andrew; and the Spanish Town lay-by, St Catherine.

Introduction of the electronic fare collection system forms part of measures to stop revenue leakage at the JUTC.

It will also foster greater efficiency in the processing of commuters boarding the buses, and allow for bus crews to focus on safer driving practices and improved customer service.

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