Ferry fares going up

The fare for the Puntarenas-Naranjo ferry is going up an average of 24 percent for passenger cars, said the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes. Other vehicles face a hike of from 18 to 31 percent, the ministry said.

The company operating the route, Coonatramar R.L., complained of lack of profit, and the ministry noted that there had been no rate increase for a year, it said.

Passenger vehicles now pay 6,050 colons or about $11.92. Operators will pay 7,500 colons or about $14,78, based on the current rate of exchange.

Tractor trailer operators will pay up to 31,500 colons or about $62.

The new rates take effect the day after they are published in the La Gaceta official newspaper.

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