Transport Fare Increase Affects Many in Monrovia, Paynesville

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Commercial drivers are now charging L$150 from Red Light Market to central Monrovia. It was previously L$90.

The transportation difficulties faced by thousands of commuters in Monrovia, Paynesville and their environs continue because commercial drivers have arbitrarily increased their fares.

Last Wednesday, hundreds of commuters were caught unawares when commercial drivers started hiking transport fares.

On Broad Street, central Monrovia, on Monday, there were serious arguments between commuters and drivers due to the hike in fares. The drivers contended that they were buying petroleum products at higher costs from service station owners, who told the Daily Observer in several interviews that the price of diesel and gasoline at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) has increased sharply.

A Sinkor service station owner, Blamuel Washington said that current diesel and gasoline prices are not encouraging to make a profit from being retailed.

“I hope our government can work out some kind of solution to the current price crisis,” Washington said.

At the nation’s largest food market – Red Light – yesterday, commuters were seen stranded with their goods because they couldn’t afford and were unprepared for the unexpected hikes in transport fare.

Commercial drivers are now charging L$150 from Red Light Market to central Monrovia. It was previously L$90.

Meanwhile, in a statement released on Sunday, the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) expressed concern about reports “being promulgated by some unscrupulous individuals that there is a shortage of petroleum products on the Liberian market.

“LPRC assures the general public not to panic as there is enough diesel and gasoline in the country to meet the domestic need,” the statement added.

The LPRC said the information being spread is untrue, and made it clear that there “is over 30,000 metric tons of mixed petroleum products” in its shore tanks capable of sufficiently and adequately serving the Liberian market for over two months.

The management said while it may not know the actual intent of “those spreading this falsehood,” its management team is working alongside the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to avert any attempts by filling stations or individuals to hoard petroleum products in order to create an artificial shortage and a hike in the prices.

The management said it is calling on the public to report any individual or gas station selling petroleum products above the approved pump price of US$3.25 or its Liberian dollar equivalent of L$400 for gasoline and US$3.31 or its Liberian dollar equivalent of L$410 for diesel or fuel oil.

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  1. There is a solution; to ease Monrovia’s public transport problem. Build a Light Rail System, similar to a Beltway–EnCircling Monrovia; from Down Waterside; through Sinkor, Congo Town, Paynesville, Through Redlight, running along side Somali Drive all the way to Waterside. Once that Beltway is Completed, creat destinated transportation hubs/bus stations for out of town travels. Examples: People traveling to Robertsfield, Port Buchanan and beyond,will catch their buses at ELWA Jointion-Bus Station.Those Traveling to KaKaTa, Bong Mines Gbarnga and beyond will catch their buses at Redlight Jointion-Bus Station. Anyone Traveling to Bomi, Capemount… will catch their bus at the Freeport Area Bus Station. We can’t go wrong with this one. The Light Railroad will pay for itself over time. Let’s go for it.

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