Fare Increase Announcement 16 May 2014

Published on May 19, 2014

Gautrain today announced several revisions to its fare structure which will come into effect on Sunday 1 June 2014. Announcing the revised fares today, Operations Executive in the Bombela Concession Company, Mr 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 utilization level of the integrated rail and bus service. It can further be noted that during the past year transport-related input costs rose substantially above the CPI Index.

The “orange” fares reflect an increase of between about 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 (06h30 to 07h30) and also only in the peak demand directions: south-bound and west-bound.  Bus fares will remain unchanged. Airport-service train fares will increase by R10 per trip while the daily parking tariff will increase by only R3, from R15 to R18.

Braithwaite said that 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: on the 22nd of April this year, Gautrain introduced yet another 8-car train in both the morning and afternoon peak periods to address the growing demand. Year-on-year train patronage has grown by nearly 30%. This is strong confirmation of the attractiveness of the Gautrain to thousands of Gauteng’s daily commuters. Options to extend parking facilities at Rhodesfield, Rosebank, Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria stations are already being considered.

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 06h00; between 08h30 and 15h30; or after 18h00. A passenger who buys a pay-as-you-go ticket for a single trip from Hatfield Station in Tshwane to Park Station in the Johannesburg CBD – the longest possible trip on the Gautrain – will now pay R68 during the “red” peak period, R62 during the “orange” period and only R49 during the “green” off-peak period.

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 that the 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% whilst weekday train patronage now regularly exceeds 56,000 passengers per day with bus patronage regularly above 22,000 per day.

For detailed fares customers can log on to the Gautrain website www.gautrain.co.za or contact the Gautrain call centre on 0800 (GAUTRAIN) 42887246.

 

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Issued by: Issued jointly by the Gautrain Management Agency and Bombela Concession Company (Pty) Ltd

Dr Barbara Jensen

Executive Head: Marketing and Communications, 

Gautrain Management Agency

Barbara@gautrain.co.za

Errol Braithwaite

Operations and MarComms Executive, 

Bombela Concession Company

083 229 2243

Errol.braithwaite@bombela.com

 

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