The im­por­tance of the JUTC

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -


LET ME reg­is­ter my dis­agree­ment with your idea of pri­vatis­ing the Ja­maica Ur­ban Tran­sit Com­pany (JUTC). Lest we for­get, to my un­der­stand­ing, the bus ser­vice was not in­tended to make a profit, nec­es­sar­ily. It was in­stalled to move com­muters around the me­trop­o­lis in an ef­fi­cient man­ner. This ef­fi­ciency in­cludes proper sched­ul­ing, ir­re­spec­tive of bus­load, so that com­muters can plan and pre­dict their busi­ness.

Ev­ery se­ri­ous city must en­ter­tain a proper bus sys­tem that can add to the growth and or­der of that city. When we ru­ral folk visit the city by public trans­porta­tion, we ex­pect to en­joy de­cency and or­der within the city, a qual­ity that we ex­pect to help to re­duce pick­pock­et­ing and other neg­a­tives that fol­low dis­or­der. There is need for less par­ti­san in­put into the man­age­ment of this com­pany as in the quest to place party hacks in key ar­eas, qual­ity gets shafted be­cause of a re­luc­tance to de­clare po­lar­ity. To this end, there­fore, what we should be push­ing for are reg­u­la­tions to charge prac­ti­tion­ers for im­pro­pri­ety, where ap­pro­pri­ate.

On the mat­ter of over­staffing, this has to be an in­put of proper man­age­ment.

We re­call that the num­ber of staff is di­rectly pro­por­tion­ate to the num­ber of buses that make up the fleet.

But if buses are be­ing taken out of ser­vice, as is ex­pected by pru­dent man­agers, be­cause of le­git­i­mate rea­sons, then the qual­ity of man­age­ment to or­der spare parts way ahead of time, as well as other for­ward-plan­ning tac­tics, be­comes es­sen­tial. A’LERROY BROWN

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