Transportation fare hikes go into effect in São Paulo
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Transportation fare hikes go into effect in São Paulo

Residents in Brazil’s biggest city are paying almost 17 percent more to ride the buses, subways and trains.

An 18-cent hike went into effect in São Paulo on Tuesday, some 18 months after a 10-cent rise helped trigger historic nationwide demonstrations.

The June 2013 protests against higher public transportation fares mushroomed into demonstrations against corruption, poor public services and the billions spent on last year’s World Cup and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The Free Pass movement that kicked off those protests has scheduled a January 9 protest against the new fare hikes.

Associated Press