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Gautrain fares going up from June 1

Gautrain users will have to dig deeper into their pockets as from June 1, when the prices will increase.
Bus fares will remain unchanged, while airport-service train fares will increase by R10 a trip, the daily parking tariff will increase by R3, from R15 to R18.
A passenger who buys a pay-as-you-go ticket for a single trip from Hatfield station in Tshwane to Park station in the Joburg CBD, the longest possible trip on the Gautrain will now pay R68 during the “red” peak period, R62 during the “orange” period and R49 during the “green” off-peak period.
Operations executive in the Bombela Concession company, Errol Braithwaite, said that the Gautrain will introduce a multi-tiered fare structure offering discounts of up to 30% between peak “red” and off-peak “green” train fares while commuters in an intermediate “orange” period will enjoy a 10% discount from the peak “red” fare.
“This is a continuation of the structural changes that were introduced to fares last year with the objective of improving the overall utilisation level of the integrated rail and bus service,” Braithwaite said.
During the past year transport-related input costs rose substantially above the Consumer Price Index.
“The ‘orange’ fares reflect an increase of between 5% and 9% on the previous year’s standard fares with the aim of making shorter trips more attractive.
‘Red’ fares will only be applicable during the morning peak hour (6.30am to 7.30am) and also only in the peak demand directions south-bound and west-bound,” he said.
According to Braithwaite, Gautrain remains a highly cost-effective, safe, reliable and convenient transport solution for many commuters in Gauteng.
So far this year monthly train punctuality and availability has consistently exceeded 98% while weekday train patronage now regularly exceeds 56000 passengers a day with bus patronage regularly above 22000 a day.
“The increase in the off-peak discount is part of an ongoing strategy to grow overall patronage by incentivising off-peak travel.
“This is being implemented in tandem with the introduction of additional train capacity during peak periods,” Braithwaite said.
On April 22, Gautrain introduced an eight-car train in both the morning and afternoon peak periods to address the growing demand.
He said that every year, train patronage had grown by nearly 30%.
“This confirms the attractiveness of the Gautrain to thousands of daily commuters.
“Options to extend parking facilities at Rhodesfield, Rosebank, Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria stations are already being considered,” he said.
He added that the “green” off-peak discounts are a significant incentive for commuters to explore flexible commuting hours and will apply to pay-as-you-go fares where the commuter enters the system on weekdays before 6am between 8.30am and 3.30pm; or after 6pm.
Period products will also continue to offer substantial benefits to regular commuters, with trips on a 35-day ticket (44 trips) offering a 24% discount on average, and those on a 7-day ticket (10 trips) a 17% discount compared to the “red”peak period fare.
“The new fare structure aims to promote balanced usage of the trains, buses and parking facilities and to ensure that the Gautrain remains price-attractive to its respective target markets, particularly private vehicle users,” Braithwaite said.




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