Brazilians Foil a Bus Fare Hike, but Commuting's Still Costly

High mass transit prices have fanned protests in Brazil
Police defend a bus attacked by Brazilian demonstrators Photograph by Davi Pinheiro/Reuters

The street protests that rocked São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro achieved their initial modest goal: In mid-June authorities revoked a 9¢ increase in bus fares that had gone into effect in both cities. Yet even without the fare hike, Brazilians devote a bigger share of their paychecks to mass transit than most of their urban counterparts around the world.

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