Facebook user Vardan Poghosyan has opened a page on the popular social networking site in which he asks that Yerevan metro not raise its fares. Note, the current fare for a one-way trip on the subway costs 50 drams (about $0.14); however, in February, Yerevan mayor Karen Karapetyan announced that the fares might increase up to 100 drams (about $0.28), which is the cost of public transportation buses and mini-buses (marshrutkas).
The Facebook page already has 450 fans and various comments by users.
One user, Artur Baghdasaryan, writes, “A little while later, they’ll tear apart the metro and sell the railway tracks. I won’t be surprised at all if that happens.”
Another Facebook user writes, “All that’s left is to make the city transport [fares] 200 drams, to be done with it.”
“These guys are complete IDIOTS… let them increase the prices of everything; with which part are they thinking? Let us live in peace… What will be the end of this? … I can’t find the words, I don’t know… Rather, I do find [the words], but I can’t freely express myself, because I would write the worst words… do you understand?” wrote another user by the name of Arturo Sayan.
Facebook user Haykanush Arshakyan proposed a way to protest the city’s decision: don’t take the metro for one week:
“Come, let’s protest by not taking the metro for a week, let’s see what will happen. Perhaps through this way they’ll realize that the fare increase is uncalled-for.”