Bus fares may rise
The Salvadoran press reported today that the government may allow bus fares to rise to 30 cents from the current maximum of 25 cents on urban routes. The rising cost of diesel fuel, which is subsidized by the government for the bus lines, is forcing the fare increase. When bus companies acted unilaterally to raise fares last July, violent demonstrations broke out. Buses are the primary form of transportation for the poor in El Salvador, and a 20% increase in fares for persons who often make only a few dollars a day is a real hardship.