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Court Order Suspends Subte Price Hike

By | [email protected] | March 19, 2013 10:20pm

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Hurray!

I know that probably most of you already don’t take the Subte because it is kinda forĀ millionairesĀ and stuff, but here are some good news for those of you still venturing underground everyday.

A Buenos Aires court accepted a cautionary measure filed by MST City legislator Alejandro Bodart and ordered the City government to suspend the hike, which was to be enacted tomorrow. Ticket prices were scheduled to go from $2.50 to $3.50.

Now City Hall has 48 hours to come up with a convincing reason that justifies the hike,

According to the Argentina Independent:

Queues of people formed outside the subte stations in Buenos Aires yesterday to buy travel cards in preparation for the price hikes; stations confirmed that they sold around 40 cards per person, totalling $100 each. However, the demand for subte passes was not as high as in January 2012 when fares rose from $1.10 to $2.50, marking an 127% increase.

The article contains a quote from secretary of transportation Alejandro Ramos, who says the hike is “a severe financial blow” to workers who take public transport and that he thinks that more than 25 percent of commuters will choose to driver their cars to work instead of taking the subway.

Oh, that is just awesome! Just what the city needs to deal with its current traffic crisis: more cars.

Although in all fairness chances are you don’t own a car and that’s why you’re taking the subway in the first place.