Bus firms with bills rejected for fare hikes

Some 4.3 percent of the nation’s bus lines got an average of a half a percent fare hike, but the overwhelming majority did not because the operators are behind on their bills.

The Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos made this announcement Tuesday.

The bus lines that did receive increases were awarded amounts from 5 colons to 45 colons, said the price fixing agency. The amount 45 colons is about eight U.S. cents.

The bus operators who are behind on payments to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social or for a handful of other mandatory payments were not considered for increases, the Autoridad said.

The fare hikes that were awarded mainly reflected increases in petroleum products, such as fuel, the agency said.

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