Fares and fuel

I thought this account of protests on public transportation fares in Pakistan is interesting–the argument is that since the price of the natural gas that fuels many public transport vehicles hasn’t changed, neither should most fares for rides on those vehicles.  I’m not sure that’s the only criterion that should govern fare increases, but I certainly believe the more we can wean public transportation vehicles onto the cleanest-burning fuels, the better.  But it seems to me that hybrid and other similarly alternative-fuel vehicles cost more, so fares may need to reflect that greater cost, at least for the time being.


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