The City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this week announced approval for a single taxi fare that should benefit around 31,000 residents who live in the peripheral areas of the city, who will now be able to travel from these outermost neighbourhoods to the city centre with one urban rate.
This new single rate for the municipality will come into force this summer and will benefit around 10% of the population, so that they will pay the same rate as the rest of the residents to use urban transport.
Miguel Almeida, representative of the Federation of Neighbourhood Associations Las Medianias, said “This decision has also been supported by neighbourhood residents who will directly benefit from this new single taxi fare.”
The costs to cover this subsidised single taxi fare for those living in the peripheral areas of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will be covered by a general increase in tariffs by 13%, but the original study into this initiative had recommended an increase of 28%.
The City Council stressed that from the neighbourhood point of view, the single tariff ends decades of discrimination for the 31,000 residents who have considered themselves to be second-class neighbours to those living in the lower part of the city, and have felt punished by more expensive transportation and less frequent public services. It is argued that now more people will use taxi services and the lower urban rates benefit all residents of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
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