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230 buses for Jamaica

JUTC (Jamaica Urban Transit Company), responsible for the public transport in Jamaica, has placed a new order with VDL Bus & Coach, this time for 230 buses. The delivery will be spread over four years, beginning with a batch of 65 buses in April 2012. This new order brings the total number of new VDL buses for Jamaica to 851.

230 Mistrals
The order consists of Mistrals with lengths varying from 10.6 to 18 metres. Just as for previous orders, the buses for this order will be equipped with an air conditioning system suited for tropical conditions. This has drawn significantly greater numbers of passengers to JUTC. The contract includes more than just the delivery of buses, however. Agreements have also been made concerning the delivery of parts, technical assistance and management support.



Expansion to smaller cities
The Mistrals with a length of 10.6 metres will be used as special school buses for the more remote areas outside cities such as Montego Bay and Mandeville. These cities have populations of 120,000 and 75,000 respectively. 60 buses will be used for this purpose. The city of Montego Bay is often referred to as MoBay, and the country’s largest airport is located near this city. This airport is mainly serves the tourists who visit Jamaica. The plan is for the standard buses to also be used to establish a link to the capital city, Kingston. A railway was established between Montego Bay and Kingston in 1894, but passenger transport on this line was ended in October 1992 because the railway was in such poor condition. Mandeville is the only major population centre in Jamaica not located on the sea or in a coastal plain. Due to the higher elevation of around 600 metres, the city has a mild climate.
 

Jamaica’s Transport Minister and the Belgian Ambassador take delivery of the first bus (2009 order).

JUTC

JUTC (Jamaica Urban Transit Company) was established by the government in 1998. Before that time the market was mainly served by minibuses, operated by the private sector. With the coming of JUTC, which now has four bus depots, the public transport has become considerably more efficient. The new order for 230 VDL Mistrals represents further modernization of the JUTC fleet.

Valkenswaard, November 2011


VDL Bus & Coach bv
Marleen van Zeeland
Communications
+31 (0)40 208 44 14
m.van.zeeland@vdlbuscoach.com

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