Sunday, June 15 began the first day that riders of the Panama Metro would have to pay the $0.35 fare to use the service.
The Metro was inaugurated on April 5 and since it’s opening it has been completely free for users to ride. It was announced on May 14 that the cost to use the Metro would be$0.35 ($0.70 round trip) and charges would begin on June 15.
Since the charges began, ridership has been down 17%. During the free trial period there were 180,000 people who used the metro each day, it is now down to 150,000.
It was expected that once people would have to pay to use the Metro there would be a decrease in the amount of users.