From the Secretary of Transportation of Catamarca They informed that the new price of the urban public transport ticket will come into effect from 00 on Monday, November 28. In this way, the minimum ticket that used to cost 45 pesos will begin to cost $70, adding a total increase in the year of 220%.
Meanwhile, and contrary to national and provincial regulations, Units that are more than 10 years old continue to circulate and groups for people with disabilities have not been incorporated.
Transportation already sent to the system GOES UP all the documentation and forms to authorize and register the new values of the urban ticket and also establish the values of the tickets that have social benefits.
From the area too justified the rise in favor of the companies and pointed out that “it must be remembered that the increase in transport occurs within the framework of an inflationary situation that led to an increase in value in a large part of the country. In Catamarca, the contributions and subsidies from the Provincial Government to the transport companies allowed to maintain a stable price and not increase more.
As they said, “So far in 2022, Catamarca granted subsidies to companies for more than $1,000 million pesos, in addition to the contributions for fuel, payment of bonuses, among others, in order to maintain a stable price in urban public transport. As for the national subsidy, Catamarca receives a monthly contribution of $49 million pesos that it distributes to transportation companies.”
With this new increase, Catamarca It is among the 10 provinces with the most expensive ticket in the country, but the difference, to the detriment of users, is the low quality of service.
Just 10 days ago a mechanical fault of the company that communicates Capital with the town of New Internet, put the passengers and the life of a pregnant woman who hit her belly after a “strong shake” in suspense, according to the passengers. The company still maintains in its fleet units such as the damaged one, which has more than 25 years old.
The National Traffic Law in its article 53 states: “They should not use units older than 10 years, unless they comply with the limitations of use, type and quantity of load, speed and others that are set in the regulations and in the periodic technical review: cargo or passenger vehicles.
As well as the line that connects Nueva Coneta with Capital, the same happens with other companies such as the service that connects with Miraflores, Chumbicha, Huillapima, Colonia del Valle, in the department of Capayánas well as those that carry out tours in the neighborhoods of the city.
Meanwhile, and despite the fact that the Law, sanctioned in 1994 also establishes it, Catamarca It only has 2 adapted groups for people with disabilities.
In this context, if we compare with Mendoza that maintains zero kilometer units with air conditioning and even heating and 90% of its buses adapted for people with disabilities, Catamarca will begin to charge a price of $10 pesos higher than the one established by the province of Cuyo for December.
Finally, and although since the implementation of the system Goes up It was arranged that all urban and semi-urban companies incorporate the machines, some have not yet done so and the established ticket prices are always rounded up in favor of the companies.
After the pandemic, some companies decreased the frequencies and the services were not modified again although the flow of passengers was normalized.