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by Nana Martirosyan
Public transport fare rise in Yerevan is inevitable, Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan told the media.
"I have repeatedly said that I would like transport services to be free. But all of us understand that it is impossible. Safe and high-quality transport services are impossible at the current tariffs", said Margaryan. He does not rule out that the public transport fare may rise starting from January 2014. The commission set up to regulate the transport fare is discussing this issue and the new fare will be announced upon completion of the commission's work.
When asked whether the Municipality is afraid of public protests, Margaryan said that the Municipality cares not only for the present, but also for the future. "Let them recall the serious transport problems in the early 1990s. I wish we never returned to those times", he said.
To recall, on July 20 the Municipality of Yerevan announced 50% rise in the public transport fare in Yerevan. However, this decision was suspended following wide-scale public protests.