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    by LUIS EDO. DIAZ

    The Aresep has scheduled six public hearings, the majority of which are next month, to address several requests regarding the rate increase for services like public transport and energy.

    The strongest increase to be examined by the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Aresep) is the 248% increase in bus fares for several communities in the neighborhood of Atenas, Alajuela.

    The application was processed by an employer, Alpízar Rodriguez, who asked that the passage between Athens and sectors such as San Jose area, Morazán and High López, among others, increase from ¢230 to ¢800, Aresep reported.

    The public forum to discuss this request will be held tomorrow at 5 pm at the community hall of the San Jose barrio Sur, in Athens.

    Always in the business of transportation, SA Transmocha requested a 42% increase in rates for services to San Pedro de Poas and Santa Rosa. The tickets would increase from ¢320 to ¢380.

    With an intention to increase by 8.5%, the company San Miguel de Higuito Buses expects its service to Los Guido, Encinal and other locations ¢235 to ¢255.

    The fourth request was for an adjustment for the bus service between Nicoya and Samara beach.

    Transport Castro Rojas, serving this route, is calling for and increase from ¢780 to ¢1165.

    The Aresep also reported that the Management Board of Carthage Municipal Electric Service (JASEC) requested a 54% increase in the fee for street lighting.

    Currently, the Carthaginians are charged 73¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh), but the JASEC requests that the charge for that same time go to ¢113. JASEC suggests the increase be implemented in three parts.

    The only audience that will focus on a reduction in tariffs was relciona regarding the price of fuel.

    Gasoline has decreased 5¢ per liter, in addition the price of diesel would fall by ¢6.

    The forums to consider these requests for the different sectors and have a time and date.

    Transmocha:  users can give their views on Tuesday, June 1st at 5 pm, at the Luis Rodríguez Salas School, in San Rafael, Poas.

    The other schedules are available at the web site Aresep: www.aresep.go.cr.

    The hearings are intended to allow users and companies that provide public service to object or support the increase in rates.

    Translation and editing by TCRN Staff

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