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by David Stepanyan
The Municipality of Yerevan has decided to spring a "New Year surprise" on the residents by raising the public transport fare from 100 AMD to 150 AMD.
According to the sources of Haykakan Zhamanak daily, the authorities took into account the bitter experience of summer 2013, when they had to suspend the decision on the public transport fare rise following the wide-scale public protests.
Therefore, now the authorities have chosen the New Year festivities to raise the fare, hoping for the passive reaction of the public. The source says that initially it will be announced that the public transport fare rises to 200 AMD. Later, however, the Municipality will "do a favor" to the citizens and allow them to pay 150 AMD.