The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is pushing for more student commuters to use its smart card system for paying fares on buses, according to the Jamaica Information Service.
The system enables parents to deposit an allowance on the card to cover bus fares, and reports back the child’s usage. An official from the JUTC notes, the card allows parents to better manage their children’s finances and monitor their location, as they are able to receive details from the JUTC.
Reginald Allen, Corporate Communications Manager at the JUTC, says “It offers security and convenience both for the parents and students.” Student no longer are required to carry cash to pay fares, which can be easily lost or stolen. If the card is damaged or gets lost, it is replaced with the balance that was on the card at the point that the card was lost.
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