Electronic fare system planned for buses

The transport ministry is seeking public comment on plans to install electronic payment systems on public buses.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes says it wants to have a pilot program in operation this year.

The period for comments opens Monday and runs until March 9.  More information is on the ministry Web page, www.mopt.go.cr, and that of the  Consejo de Transporte Público, www.ctp.go.cr.

The ministry said that an electronic system would give bus company operators better insight into who is using their vehicles and the system would eliminate the continual robberies of bus drivers.

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