Puerto Vallarta Protests Against Bus Fare Increase

Luis Domínguez - PV Pulse
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August 30, 2012

Since the rise in the bus fares in the state of Jalisco was announced over a week ago, huge discontent among the affected citizens has been widespread.

The Federation of Students of the University of Guadalajara (UDG) organized a public demonstration in downtown Guadalajara,  followed by another demonstration by the students of the CUC in Puerto Vallarta.

CUC stands for University Center of the Coast and it's the Campus of the UDG in the region, a campus that was heavily damaged by the storm of Tuesday, September 21.

The bus fare went from 6.50 pesos to 7.50 in Puerto Vallarta, an increase of 1 peso that makes an important difference for users who have to take several buses during the day.

This is a complex issue as the cost of the service could very well be 7.50, or even higher, but the citizenship doesn't have the resources to pay for the real cost of the service. This means that public transportation in Mexico is deeply subsidized (in some areas more than others; Mexico City, for instance, charges only 4 pesos for a bus ride).

So, the real problem is not the bus fare, but the low salaries earned by the huge majority of the population. Everything goes up, but salaries stay put.

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