Drivers Hike Transport Fares Again

first_imgAs public outcry against the increase in transportation fares continue, commercial drivers have again stepped up fares to all destinations in Monrovia.On Monday February 23, fares from Red-Light Market to central Monrovia were  increased from LD$60 to LD$100.00, which resulted to hundreds of commuters being stranded.Despite the Ministries of Transport, Commerce and Industry’s decision to reduce transportation prices six weeks ago, drivers on several occasions make their own prices, when conditions favor it.The arbitrary increase of transport fares has sparked  bitter confrontation between  drivers and commuters.Reports from Duala have confirmed that some drivers have also stepped up fares.In several interviews with commuters, they sounded urgent calls to the Ministries of Transport and commerce for intervention.In an interview at the Red-light Market on Monday morning, businessman Patrick B. Bolton said that until the MOT and MOCI act now, the situation would degenerate.Central Monrovia’s businesswoman Patricia M. Philips, 58, noted that until the MOT and MOCI’s Ministers can graduate from issuing empty and sugar-coated utterances and promises, the situation would continue to worsen.Mrs. Philips said the Liberian government must muster the courage to ensure the practical enforcement of its regulations.Civil servant Thomas B. Kollison, 64, said adjusted transport fares’ must be enforced.Foreign merchant Allie B. Hassan, 55, of Duala General Market said the ministries involved must set example by enforcing their own regulations.Waterside businessman Sam B. Kun, 48, intimated that commercial drivers must be monitored to ensure compliance of government’s decision.“I suggest the MOT and MOCI  employ transport fare regulators,” Mr. Kun pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Site of Doggy Offices new dog daycare location in

first_imgSite of Doggy Office’s new dog daycare location in Walker’s Point.Walker’s Point will be getting another dog daycare. It’s a neighborhood where the daycare owner says there is a “serious need” among residents for places to take their four-legged friends during the day.Site of Doggy Office’s new dog daycare location in Walker’s Point.Doggy Office is leasing 8,500 square feet at 125 E. Greenfield Ave., located just across the street from the Freshwater Plaza Apartments, where it plans to open its third daycare location, said co-owner Lisa Hooper. Doggy Office currently operates daycares in Butler and Brown Deer.Hooper said there will be about 60 kennels at this location, and she expects it to take in between 80 and 100 dogs. Work has already begun to prepare the building for its new tenants, including replacing the floors and painting. The kennels will be located on the first floor of the two-story building, while the upstairs will be used for offices and storage.The daycare is also leasing the parking lot behind the building, which will be partly used as an outdoor dog run. Hooper said the plan is to have the new dog daycare up and running in about two months. A resident of the Historic Third Ward, Hooper said both neighborhoods are filled with dog owners yet don’t have much to offer in the way of dog daycares.Another dog daycare, Happy Paws Grooming and Daycare LLC, recently went before the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals with plans to open a location at 1132 S. Barclay St. The site of a longtime recycling center, the proposed daycare is about two blocks north of where Doggy Office will open its newest location.According to Happy Paws’ application with the city, there is currently one dog daycare and boarding facility in the area, but it is already at capacity.“I think there’s just a serious need for it down here,” said Hooper, adding that nearly all the residents in the condo building where she lives own a dog.Hooper said she has been considering opening a dog daycare in the area for about six years. In fact, she first looked at the building that she’s leasing now about five years ago, but it was owned by someone else at the time.Both dog daycares are opening near the Freshwater Plaza development. Beyond the four-story, 76-unit apartment and retail building, the development also includes a Cermak Fresh Market, a Sherwin Williams paint store and at another outlot will likely soon be a Summit Credit Union branch. The project developer, Wauwatosa-based Wangard Companies, also plans to build a second mixed-use building with 76 apartments and 45,000 square feet of commercial space. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more