GAUTENG train fares will go up on 1 July. This was confirmed yesterday by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa).
Commuters will pay 50 cents more for single tickets, R1 more for return tickets and 15 cents more a trip for weekly and monthly tickets, Metrorail spokeswoman Lillian Mofokeng said.
“The decision to adjust service fares was not taken lightly. The rail operator is well aware of the effects of increased costs on commuters,” she said.
Mofokeng said the fare increase was necessary because of above inflation increases in the costs of energy, maintenance, materials and labour. In addition, while operating costs had risen, government subsidy had been reduced.
“Prasa had no option but to increase train fares. Currently, a train ticket is subsidised by government at 70% of the operating costs,” she said.
“This annual fare increment is necessary for Metrorail to be able to continue providing the train service to commuters.”