Buses in Cuenca’s municipal transport system began charging 30 cents per ride August 1. The fare increase was approved last year but was put on hold as negotiations between bus company owners and the city continued. Besides the five-cent price hike, the city has agreed to contribute an addition penny per ride to bus owners. In addition to the new fare, 22 systemwide conditions are now in effect, including requirements that: all 475 buses in the fleet be replaced with 21 months; that all daily routes have two drivers instead of the current one; that all drivers attend a 20-…
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