THOUSANDS OF ACTIVISTS CELEBRATE VICTORY ACROSS THE CAPITAL

Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan suspended the decision to raise transportation fares in a statement publicized on July 25.

However, Margaryan insisted that the rise in prices was a must to ensure a safe transportation system, something that would be “impossible” to do with the current rate of 100 drams. He emphasized that “there is no alternative.”

The Mayor’s office had announced the decision to increase prices for public transport on June 20, which was followed by protest actions throughout the capital. Commuters saw fares increase by over 50 percent for mini-buses (marshootkas) and buses (from 100 to 150 drams, or 25 to 40 cents). Meanwhile, the fare for trollies doubled, from 50 to 100 drams.

26.07.2013

Source: Armenian Weekly