Seniors get to ride free on the Gulf of Nicoya ferries

Seniors got a break Thursday when the nation’s price regulating agency decided that those 65 and over should ride free on ferries in the Gulf of Nicoya.

That represents a saving of 810 colons or about $1.62 on the Puntarenas-Paquera route adult fare and a savings of 1,005 colons or about $2 on the Puntarenas-Naranjo route.

The free ride, which starts today, does not apply to any vehicles that the seniors may bring.

The Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos said it applied the same law that gives seniors a break on bus services.

The ferries are operated by Naviera Tambor S.A. y Coonatramar R.L. They are expected to keep track of the number of senior users to use in the calculations for a future rate hike.

Today also is the day when the Puntarenas-Paquera ferry schedule reverts to normal with the Tambor II going back into service.

The ferry has been undergoing maintenance.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said that the ferry from Puntarenas will run from 5 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.

The ferry from Paquera makes its first run at 5:30 a.m. and its last to Puntarenas at 8: p.m.

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