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Cozumel mayor says subsidy to Uniper transport not right solution

Cozumel, Q.R. — The government of Cozumel says subsidizing the Uniper public transportation company is not an adequate solution since it is a private company. New Cozumel mayor Juanita Alonso Marrufo says she doesn’t feel providing a subsidy to the company as they have requested is the right solution.

“We will have the necessary talks, but we are all coming out of a serious crisis, both in the public and private spheres, and we must find a solution hand-in-hand,” she said in an interview.

The city’s Transportation Directorate says the Unión de Permisionarios (Uniper) only provides its service every other day and only on a certain number of routes, which is a violation of its concession.

Alonso Marrufo acknowledged that the company appears to be experiencing financial problems, so has requested either a subsidy or authorization to raise its rate by two pesos.

She says that although she has not received a formal request, she will speak with the directors to find a solution, noting that there is the possibility of bringing in another company, which would need to be analyzed.