Public transport fare in Yerevan unlikely to increase by end of 2014 – consumer watchdog

Public transport fare in Yerevan unlikely to increase by end of 2014 – consumer watchdog

YEREVAN, February 1. /ARKA/. The public transport fare is unlikely to be raised in Yerevan by the end of this year, head of Association of Consumers of Armenia Armen Poghosyan said.

On July 20, 2013, the public transport fare in Yerevan was raised from 100 drams (24.4 cents) to 150 drams (36.5 cents) giving rise to protests held under “Won’t pay 150” slogan during six days. Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan canceled the decision and instructed to set up a commission to review intraurban transport fare.

Poghosyan said he does not think the municipality will increase the fare again bearing in mind the last year protests.

Yet, he said he is not happy with the work of the commission. In particular, the commission avoids wide public discussions on the topic and refrains from reporting what it is doing and what is the result, the head of the association said.

On January 30, Armenia’s minister of transport and communication Gagik Beglaryan said no increase in public transport fare is expected in Yerevan. Earlier, on October 29 2013, deputy mayor Kamo Areyan told reporters the fare will be most probably increased as the current fare is not sufficient for proper operations. –0--

14:36 01.02.2014

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