A rise in the Transantiago fare, which had been frozen since the beginning of the protests in Chile last October, could happen if the operating costs of that public transport increase, Chilean Transport Minister José Luis Dominguez said on Monday.
According to Dominguez, Chile has a budget of around "600 million Chilean pesos (approximately US$ 752,082) and to the extent that we move in those numbers, we should not move fares.
However, as costs are rising, "at some point, there are going to be rate changes. If costs start to shoot up, obviously a decision will have to be made," the transport minister said without preamble.
el transporte público siempre fallando cuando más falta hace chile..........
"Public transport always failing when it is most needed #Chile........."
If implemented, this measure could indefinitely extend the social protests that caused 42 deaths and 121 disappearances in the first month of its outbreak alone, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, due to the repressive response of the Sebastian Piñera government.
The date that Chile "woke up," as the Chilean people defend, was last October 4, when the Panel of Experts on Public Transportation reported that bus, subway, and urban rail fares would be increased to 830 pesos (almost US$2) at peak times for the subway.
#NoticiasUno| El diario La República convirtió a dólares los precios del transporte público en buses de las capitales de la Alianza del Pacífico y el más caro resultó ser el TransSantiago de Chilehttps://t.co/rxx5wm15TP