, 2022-09-28 19:00:00,
THA Minority Leader Kelvon Morris says he agrees with the fare increases on both the air and sea bridges.
On Monday, Finance Minister Finance Colm Imbert presented the 2023 budget at the Red House in Port of Spain, and announced pensioners would no longer enjoy free ferry travel but have to pay $25 for a one-way trip between Trinidad and Tobago. He also increased the one-way fare from $50 to $75, and premium from $100 to $150.
A one-way airline ticket moves from $150 to $200.
Morris, speaking on the Minority Report on Tobago Updates on Tuesday, said Tobagonians cannot expect efficiency without paying more for it.
“We all have agreed that we must pay something extra. When you look comparatively, we are really blessed to have – imagine you’re paying $50 to travel inter-island. That is less than US$10 . Comparatively, I think we are still blessed.
“And what I would expect and would hope, because we’ve been clamouring for efficiency as well – so we can’t want efficiency in terms of the airline and the seabridge but don’t want to pay a little thing extra – understanding that it is already heavily subsidised. We’re already losing on it.
“It is an essential service – perhaps we have to give a little,…
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