GOVT. PLANS NEW BUS SYSTEM.
The Government plans to set up a joint venture company involving the
public and private sectors to run Kingston's problem-plagued bus
system, Transport Minister Peter Phillips said May 28. He said the new
entity, tentatively called Urban Transport Company (UTC) -- owned 50-50
by Government and private sector franchise holders -- would take over
the operation of all public passenger buses in the capital. Hundreds of
bus owners now operate their vehicles under a loose managerial cover
provided by a number of franchise holders. The Government's
Metropolitan Management Transport Holdings (MMTH) set up two years ago
to purchase buses and to lease them to franchise holders as well as
develop bus depots, will lease 270 new buses to the new company.