If everything else is “going up,” PTSC bus commuters are still safe from fare hikes—so far.
Although the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) hasn’t had a fare increase in 26 years and depends on an 80 per cent subsidy from the Government, there’s no intention to consider raising fares, PTSC chairman Edwin Gooding has assured.
Gooding did so yesterday when PTSC managers were interviewed by Parliament’s Joint Select Committee (JSC) on Land and Physical Infrastructure. This examined the bus transport system’s efficiency.
As Uber begin operating in this country from today, it will cost passengers a minimum of TT$32.50 to be transported to any destination.
As promised, Uber released the rates for its service today.
Apart from the minimum fare of TT$32.50, Uber has also released the breakdown of the fare structure:
Base Fare: $20.00
Per minute: $1.20
Per kilometre: $1.40
Booking fare: $2.50
All prices are in Trinidad and Tobago currency.
Commuters travelling along the St Anns and St James routes from Port-of-Spain will have to dig deeper into their pockets to travel as taxi operators increase fares by one dollar.
According to the vice-president of the St Ann's Taxi Association Ronald Frederick, the hike in the fare will take effect from June 1st.
He added that all off route increases will be based on information from the tariff.
Frederick cited that the fare increase, which comes 8 years since the last adjustment, was as a result of the removal of the fuel subsidy and also of the cost of living.