CASTRIES’ BUS FARES GO UP SOON: Implementation Date To Be Decided Next Week

St Lucia’s National Council on Public Transportation and its quest for a hike in bus fares is back in the news again, however, this time around there is certainty in what they are seeking…

Minibus associations that are members of the Council will converge on Castries’ Ministry of Transport next Tuesday to participate in a crucial vote which will determine the exact date for the implementation of bus fare increases.

{IMAGE VIA - thevoiceslu.com} Godfrey Ferdinand, the Council's president said yesterday that contrary to the belief by some people that the issue of a hike in bus fares is not feasible, there is enough evidence to show the need for an increase in the bus fares across the country.

{IMAGE VIAthevoiceslu.com} Godfrey Ferdinand, the Council’s president said yesterday that contrary to the belief by some people that the issue of a hike in bus fares is not feasible, there is enough evidence to show the need for an increase in the bus fares across the country.

“It is us (bus operators) that have held back and not go ahead and make it happen. We have been holding back from increasing bus fares for the past three years,” Ferdinand said.

The Council has already received the green light from government in respect of an increase in bus fares so it’s just a matter of picking a day to implement the action.

Ironically, not all the associations are accepting the increase, some of them are of the view that the time is not right for that type of action.

However those not in agreement are in the minority and by all indication it seems that the vote will take place and the hike will come into effect.

How high the increase depends on the route, meaning the shorter routes will see an increase of 50 cents while the long routes will be increased by $1.00 EC to $1.25 EC {DATA COURTESY thevoiceslu.comTHE REST OF THIS ARTICLE CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING here}

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