Over 100 buses to be removed from Vallarta streets

Over 100 buses are expected to be removed from the streets of Puerto Vallarta as routes change to accommodate changes in the city’s transportation usage.
The Department of Transportation has the new routes planned for Puerto Vallarta and is working with the carriers to finalize plans, then the new route with be announced.
“There are currently 450 units running in the Puerto Vallarta area, we will reduce that to less than 350.
We have too many buses operating in the city, and the current model isn’t working. We will establish a new model of transportation with designated stops and schedules,” the secretary announced.
Busses are essentially small businesses and compete directly with each other for fares. The reduction of buses on the streets could result in less competition and safer roads.
Currently bus owners pay licensing fees to the state and unions, with little government involvement in the public transportation system.

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  1. One of the joys of travel in Puerto Vallarta has been the accessibility , frequency, and low cost of the bus transportation in getting around town. What I see coming is a less frequent , more crowded and higher cost of transportation, both bus and taxi.

    San Francisco CA has gone through the same evolution in its bus and taxi service. The government run Muni bus service are operated by unionized city workers, and strikes and demanded wage and benefit package increases are frequent. The taxi service is controlled by the unions to maximize the pay to the drivers, which provides high cost, dirty cabs, poor service , long waits for pickup, and mostly foreign drivers that do not know their way around town.

    To overcome the city burecucracy,personal cabs owned by the drivers and called by aps has taken between 20 and 60 percent of the business from the regular taxi business – depending on season and time of day. This has resulted in many additional cabs available and at a lower cost. These individually owned cars are fairlynew, clean , the drivers courteous, and experienced with the city streets.

    I am familiar about this since my daughter and her three sons have been operating their own taxi service at the times they wish to work.

    I can see what the Mexican authorities are trying to do … increase the revenue that goes into the city treasury with higher fares, and greater traffic fine revenue. As the old song goes “All the good times are past and gone, all the good times are over”. Might as well just stay home.

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