Public Transportation Cost to Rise 50 Percent in March
By Jesús Aguado
The increase in public urban and suburban transportation fares will be authorized by the City Council by the end of this month.
Urban and suburban transportation buses launched their own campaign to raise awareness of the increase in public transportation rates. Posters were put up on buses, advising riders that the prices have not changed since 2008 when the price of diesel fuel was seven pesos per liter. According to this information, diesel fuel now costs 17.16 pesos per liter. A sad and worried bus caricature on the poster is begging for help. The information further states, “We need your help to keep our buses in good condition. It is for your safety.”
After the beginning of the year, when the price of the fuel went up by 19 percent, the need to raise public transportation fares became clear. The 19 percent increase was the reason transportation owners and operators used to ask the city council to consider adjusting the fares. Some of these concessionaires told Atención that a conducted study showed that the fare should be 12 pesos.
On January 13, respecting local regulations, the city council approved the integration of the Commission of Transportation, which was to analyze the proposals and studies conducted by those who offer the service. In the end, the commission would come up with a proposal to the city council. The commission is made up by Mayor Ricardo Villarreal; Gonzalo González, secretary of the city council; Sandra Gisela Camargo, director of Transportations; and city councilors from various political parties.
Gonzalo Gonzalez told Atención that the commission has just received two proposals based on studies conducted. He stated that there is no deadline for handing over the documents. Nonetheless, he made it clear that the adjustment to the fares has to be approved during the last city council meeting in February, which could be on the 27th or the 28th.
If the increase is approved, said González, the agreement would have to be published in the State Official Newspaper, and the new fare would come into effect three days later.
Some concessionaires told Atención that they were proposing a nine-peso fare. In the end, they approved an increase of 50 percent more than the current fare.