Public transport fares rise by 28% in Mauritius

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Public transport, the most widely used means of transport in Mauritius, will be more expensive from Monday as the average cost of bus tickets will rise by 28%.This is the first time since 1 October 2004 when bus fares have gone up. Rashid Beebeejaun, Minister of Transportation, said public transport was, however, still subsidised by the state adding that without these subsidies, the fare could have risen by at least 65%. He announced that salaries of workers in the sector would also be increased by between 29% and 36%. In Mauritius those who have retired at 60 years travel free of charge in buses throughout the island while students from pre-school to University also travel free of charge during school terms and at three-quarters of normal fare during school holidays. Five private companies and three cooperative federations offer public transport service in Mauritius.

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