Buses and trains will be free in several provinces during PASO (Télam)
This Sunday, August 13, the Primary, Open, Simultaneous and Mandatory Elections (PASO) will be held in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA), province of Buenos Aires, Entre Ríos and Santa Cruz, where the candidates who will compete will be chosen. in October for national and regional positions. Given the low citizen participation rates that were collected in the rest of the provincial elections, the Government announced that buses and trains will be free throughout the country with the exception of Jujuy and Tierra del Fuego.
Through an official statement, the Minister of Transportation, Diego Giuliano, announced that “almost all the country’s provinces supported us in this important measure,” and then remarked that the campaign has “the objective of guaranteeing accessibility and the right to vote of all the people”.
“We are going to make the entire transportation system under national jurisdiction available to citizens so that they can go to the polls on Sunday,” confirmed the leader, noting that the proposal was designed under the premise that citizens of all points of the country can enforce their right to vote and that there is a greater turnout in the PASO.
According to the information accessed by Télam, the call was promoted by the national portfolio through resolution 435/2023 that was published last week, where all the provinces were invited to participate in the plan that, in elections previous ones, it had already been applied.
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The Government will calculate the economic compensations through the data provided by the Single Electronic Ticket System (Télam)
As a result of the national call, the authorities evaluated having had favorable results, since Jujuy was the only jurisdiction that refused to join the measure, while Tierra del Fuego was exempt from participating, due to the fact that the public transport service that works in the region is the responsibility of the municipal power.
On the other hand, the National Government announced that it will finance the service and distribute the economic compensations according to the statistical data obtained through the movements that are registered in the Single Electronic Ticket System (SUBE) in the regions in which the card is enabled, since otherwise these will be collected with the complementary information available applied to the distribution of the fund provided for in article 81 of the General Budget Law of the National Administration for the Year 2023 No. 27,701 for those companies that do not are attached to the payment method.
In this sense, the Ministry of Transport announced that the remuneration will reach a maximum amount of $293,000,000 among transport companies that belong to the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA), while for companies that operate in the rest of the province from Buenos Aires and the interior of the country these will be close to $267,000,000.
The payment of the rewards will be made once the companies have rendered the accounts within ten days after the elections are held, so the Government will be forced to respond within the same period after it is approved. application.
The subways, the Premetro and the Ecobicis will be free to use during election Sunday (Twitter @basubte)
In the case of the City of Buenos Aires, the subway, the Premetro and the ecological bicycle system will not charge tickets during the day on Sunday. Even, the operation of the lines will start an hour earlier than usual, that is, at 7 in the morning. While for voters who go to their polling place by car, they will only enjoy the benefit that the metered parking system will not be enabled.
For citizens who wish to use the Ecobicis to go to vote, the Buenos Aires government announced that the use of the basic pass will be enabled, which allows the person to make up to four trips within 30 minutes. To use them, users must register on the website www.baecobici.com.ar or from the BA Ecobici application. All other weekend passes will continue to be valid as usual.
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