Metrorail Fare

NOTICE OF TRAIN FARE INCREASE

12 June 2015

Cape Town – Metrorail announces its intention to increase train fares country wide on July 1st 2015. In the Western Cape the annual fare increase ups the cost of single tickets between 0.50 cents and R1.00, weeklies between R1.00 – R2.00 and monthlies between R2.00 – R38.00; depending on travel zone and class.

Regional manager Richard Walker says the increase is unavoidable: “The cost of operating the current service has burgeoned – major cost drivers like electricity and safety-critical components have increased far beyond the rate of inflation”. Old assets well beyond design life, obsolete technology and an extensive open system susceptible to vandalism, land invasion, service protests and vagrancy all contribute to an extra-ordinary maintenance burden.

Walker says without the fare increase to sustain current service levels, the region would have to seriously consider rationalizing services. Key stakeholders have already been appraised of the proposed fare increase.

 Walker confirms the pro-poor pricing strategy favors the majority of loyal train users and provides cost saver options in weekly and monthly ticket prices: “For instance Metro users pay for only 6.5 trips per week but have the option of 14 trips including the weekends. Similarly Metro monthly tickets are priced for 3.1 weeks travel but allow the holder to travel for 4”.

The fare increase levied is sensitive to prevailing social-economic factors in the region and ensures that rail, as backbone of the region’s public transport system, remains the most affordable mode of public transport. The increase will only add 6.5% additional revenue to the region’s coffers; the balance of the operational cost would be funded through further internal efficiencies and cost savings.

Details of the increase are displayed below:

Metrorail Fares Western Cape 2

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Important to note:

Fares are calculated from Cape Town Station

Weekly and monthly tickets valid for July 2015 will be charged at the new fares irrespective of date of purchase

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