Letters to the Editor

Please service your buses, JUTC

Monday, August 27, 2018

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Dear Editor,

On August 23, I was late for work because of the inefficient JUTC.

I left home at 6:55 am to make my 8:30 am shift. One bus passed my stop with some seated passengers when I beckoned it to stop. Another bus came at 7:54 am.

I swiped my card and sat down. We proceeded on. At first I did not understand why the driver was passing people who were stopping the bus, but eventually I realised that not everyone was able to get a ticket from the machine, which was malfunctioning.

We had not yet made it off Conway Drive, Patrick City, when we came to one of the stops. There was another bus parked on the opposite side of the road, and our driver was telling people to “swipe yuh tickets and come”.

Essentially, what she was telling them to do was to leave the bus they were in, go to the bus on the opposite side of the road and swipe their card, then return to her bus.

She did not explain that the swipe machine on her bus was not working.

When we got to a point on Washington Boulevard, the driver stopped the bus again, after having passed other commuters who had tried stopping the bus. She opened both doors and people started streaming in at both ends. Apparently another bus had broken down.

We eventually got to the Transport Centre in Half-Way-Tree at 8:35 am.

I am pleading with the JUTC to service the buses more regularly, especially as we have to contend with delays caused by extensive roadworks. If this is not done, we will all be late.

Distressed passenger on the 32 route

Kingston 20

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