Transport is very often, if not usually, for the purpose of getting to and from work. Public transport helps keep private cars off the streets, results in less congestion, a cleaner environment and generally more livable surroundings. In Argentina there are multiple privately owned bus companies (If I am not mistaken some owned by President Maci) that function not to serve the needs of the masses of working people but to make a profit with little regard for the convenience or comfort of the working or aged public. Unfortunately profit is the objective, not the public welfare. The same is true of intercity transport. Owners of micro companies and trucking companies pressure the government not to restore the once extensive intercity rail network. There is no excuse for the drastic decline in the number of trains and speed of trains between BA and Mar del Plata or Rosario, for example. The only reason is that the government lacks the will to do what they should be doing because they are tied to the interests of private business. The increasing cost of public transport as well as exceedingly high intercity bus fares have a very negative impact on millions of Argentines this public transport really does fall into the category of essential public services, just like health care. If not free, urban public transport should be very inexpensive. Intercity rail should be a major priority of the government and heavily subsidized for the public welfare.