Talks break down in Salvador transport dispute

Talks broke down between the El Salvador government and representatives of bus companies seeking higher fares to offset increases in fuel prices.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

After three days of talks, Jorge Nieto, the public works minister, proposed an increase of 5 US cents on the current standard fare of 25 cents.
But Nieto offered no other relief for the companies, whose representatives promptly quit the talks.

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El Salvador's public works minister, Jorge Nieto, will try to find a solution today with representatives of various public transport companies that will end a crisis caused by high fuel prices.

The two sides were to continue a debate today aimed at negotiating an end to the problem caused by high petroleum prices and the bus companies' demand for higher fares.

El Salvador faces revolt by bus companies

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El Salvador's Transport Ministry is reviewing its policy on tariffs following a revolt by bus companies.

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Guatemala gives seal of approval to higher bus fares

May 2008

Guatemala's Communications Ministry authorized fare increases on short-haul inter-city bus routes.

The new fares, which the bus companies imposed unilaterally more than a month ago, mean an increase of one quetzal – about 14 US cents – at peak hours, and half a quetzal at other times.

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