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JLP to go ahead with protest against fare increase

Published:Saturday | August 23, 2014 | 9:40 AM

The Opposition says it will go ahead with a peaceful protest in Half Way Tree, St Andrew at 7 o'clock on Monday against the increase in bus fares.

Come Sunday, adults will pay $120 up from $100 on Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses.

Students and the disabled will pay $30, up from $20 while senior citizens will pay $40 up from $20.

The transport minister had originally increased the fare for the elderly from $20 to $60, but reduced the amount to $40 yesterday following intense objection from senior citizens as well as trade union leaders.

According to the Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness, it is clear that the government does not understand the financial pressure that Jamaicans are suffering at this time.

He said while the senior citizens' fare might have been the worst of the planned increases, the burden on families that will be caused by the other increases is too much at this time."

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