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Drivers of government buses and other collective public transportation vehicles took to Mexico City’s key arteries starting early on Wednesday, March 10, using their automobiles to block entry into the city as part of a sector-wide demand for a two-peso hike in fares.

As a result, traffic into the capital was blocked for hours, creating countless jams and hours-long congestion.

The protesting commercial drivers blocked entrances into the capital on Insurgentes Norte near the Indios Verde Metro, Avenida Taxqueña at the Miramontes junction, Avenida Tláhuac at the Periférico junction, Avenida Periférico at the Ermita junction, Insurgentes Norte at the Ticomán junction, Avenida Jalisco at the Carlos Lazo junction, Avenida Revolución at the Doctor Gálvez junction, and the entrance of Calzada de Tlalpan.

Asked by media sources to respond to the traffic jam, made more complicated by high temperatures that led to cars overheating and breaking down, Mexico Transportation Secretary Andrés Lajous said that the capital government did not feel that this was “the right time to increase transportation fares,” and was thus unable to reach an agreement with the protestors.

He added that the government of Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum had offered to open talks with the bus and collective drivers but that the protestors had rejected the proposal.

“We have not closed the door to dialogue,” Lajous said.

“And we call on these protestors to come to the table rather than affecting the rights of the city’s citizenry.”

After several hours of traffic chaos, the protesting drivers began to move their vehicles and reopen thoroughfare at around about 1 p.m. Wednesday, allowing normal transit to return.

…March 11, 2021

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