If you spent Valentine’s Day listening to you ‘depressing songs’ playlist and searching for every possible excuse to wallow in your sorrow, this news will help keep that feeling going. If not — sorry for putting a damper on your day, but the price of bread, road tolls and bus fares will increase over the coming days.
Let’s start with bus fares:
Bus tickets in Buenos Aires Capital and around the province are set to increase by up to 50 percent in April. The increase will mostly affect the ‘medium distance’ services and the minimum fare limit, which will increase from AR$ 6 to a value of between AR$ 9 and AR$ 11.
According to Crónica, in order to limit the impact of the drastic measure, the Government is planning to launch a “multi-modal ticket” that can be used for a combination of train, subte and bus travel and would cost a flat rate of AR$ 10 on average.
The measure aims to “standardize” transport prices, taking into account the toll increases – we’ll get to that in a minute – and a possible Subte fare increase to AR$ 10 in the City. As far as trains are concerned, they’ll probably suffer the same fate – train ticket prices are expected to increase soon too.
Carb lovers, consider this your trigger warning.
The FIPBA’s president, Emilio Majori, complained on the radio about the rise in black market bakeries’ production, which he claimed “is gradually growing and has tied us to a price at which the industry cannot be developed.” He also asserted that the price of flour has gone up by 12 percent this month.
He explained that the sector faces a 40 percent increase in costs and a 20 percent fall in sales. The increase in illegal products in the market continues to hurt registered workers, but Majori acknowledged that “if you can sell bread at AR $20 a kilo and make more money than the person selling it at AR$ 40 or AR$ 50, it’s very tempting.”
He urged the authorities to “take control of the situation” to reverse the unfair competition and said the sector is considering a strike to get the Government’s attention.
The price of bread will be going up by 15 percent next Monday, in and around Buenos Aires Capital and province. The Buenos Aires Panaderil Industrial Federation (FIPBA) confirmed yesterday that a kilo of bread will cost around AR$ 50 as of next week.
Highway to hellish price hikes: road tolls
According to their latest press statement, the national and provincial governments have finally approved new tariff systems that will be implemented as of this week, with increases of more than 100 percent on Buenos Aires toll roads such as Acceso Norte and Oeste, the Buenos Aires-La Plata highway and the Corredor del Atlántico.
The changes will see average increases of 66 percent for private vehicles — the one most people care about — and more than 250 percent for the transportation of cargo. The new tariffs “will come into effect once each toll station puts up electronic signage with the updated tariff tables and after the adjustments are publicized to users for two days, via at least two of the main news outlets in the area.”
The new scheme for the Acceso Oeste (western access route to the City), for example, will introduce a manual pass cost of AR$ 55 compared to the current AR$ 25 for “category 2” (private cars) during rush hour, which will be from Monday to Friday between 7am and 9am for vehicles traveling towards the Capital, and between 5pm and 7pm for those driving away from the city.
“Peak time.” on the other hand, will be from 6am to 7am, and 9am to 10am; while in the afternoon, it will be from 4pm to 5pm, and from 7pm to 8pm. During these times, the rates will change to AR$ 45.
In addition, there will be a so-called “promotional” period between 10pm and 5am in both directions, and another “off-peak” rate for any time not included in the aforementioned intervals.
For the Acceso Norte (north access route), going through the toll in “rush hour” will cost AR$ 50; “peak hours” will set you back AR$ 40; and that will be halved for the “promotional” period.
In their official statement, government representatives argued that it was “necessary to establish a new tariff scheme in order to promote more efficient use of road infrastructure, as well as to generate incentives for drivers to travel during hours with less traffic.”
“The measures will improve the service for the users, since travel times should be reduced, quality of transit will be improved and the infrastructure’s capacity will be increased in order to accommodate the expected growth of traffic,” they stated.
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