Transport fares in Dominican Republic to increase

Effective, Tuesday 6th September, fares on public transport routes in the Dominican Republic using tollbooths will increase by Dominican $5 in response to the increase in highway tolls imposed by the Danilo Medina regime.

Conatra transport association president Antonio Marte, who made the announcement, is also proposing the creation of a special ticket that can be stuck to the windshield so that they would only pay once a day and not every time they went through the tollbooth.

Conatra transport association president Antonio Marte, who made the announcement, is also proposing the creation of a special ticket that can be stuck to the windshield so that they would only pay once a day and not every time they went through the tollbooth.

He said that the problem was that if a driver charged Dominican $30 and had five passengers, two full fares would go towards paying the toll. If there were only one or two passengers on board, the driver would have to borrow the money to pay the toll.

Marte said that the measure could be provisional as the public transport drivers were open to discussions aimed at preventing fare increases.

Nevertheless, he said that the government did not need to increase the tolls as they only needed Dominican $5 on each gallon of fuel to maintain the roads.

The toll increase went into effect on Monday 5th September 2016 and in many cases doubled the cost of the tolls.

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