Hold on to your hats, Rea Vaya and Metrobus fares to go up at be­gin­ning of next month

The Star Early Edition - - METRO WATCH -

FROM Satur­day, July 1, com­muters who use the City of Joburg’s two bus pas­sen­ger ser­vices – the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Tran­sit (BRT) sys­tem and Metrobus – will pay more for their rides.

The city’s may­oral com­mit­tee on trans­port, af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with all stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing the Com­muter Fo­rum, ap­proved a 6% fare in­crease for Rea Vaya and a 6.2% fare hike for Metrobus for the 2017-2018 fi­nan­cial year.

Between them, Metrobus and Rea Vaya trans­port al­most 100 000 com­muters across Joburg a day.

The in­creases are in line with the con­sumer price in­dex, the city’s pro-poor bud­get and other mar­ket-re­lated cash fares.

Com­muters – in­clud­ing adults, pen­sion­ers and pupils – who use mul­ti­ple trip coupons or tags are urged to take ad­van­tage of the 25% discounts on of­fer.

For Metrobus users, cash com­muters will pay R10.80, up from R10.20, for a sin­gle trip.

Ac­cord­ing to the bus com­pany, monthly trips will cost:

Pupils in uni­form will pay R7.80 cash, up from R7.20, for a sin­gle trip, while 130 trips for the term will cost R760.50. Forty-four trips will cost R257.50, and 10 trips R58.50.

Pupils will get a 25% dis­count for mul­ti­ple trip coupons. Fares for chil­dren aged between three and 12 will range from R7.80 to R18.80.

Pen­sion­ers will pay R185 for 200 trips, valid for a year, ir­re­spec­tive of the num­ber of zones trav­elled. They also get a 50% dis­count on multi-jour­ney trips if they travel dur­ing off-peak time – that is between 8am and 2pm.

Com­muters with dis­abil­i­ties will pay R371 for 100 trips valid for six months, ir­re­spec­tive of the num­ber of zones trav­elled. They will get a 50% dis­count on multi-jour­ney trips. Smart­cards will be sold for R64.

Pri­vate bus hire and con­tracts will be in­creased by 7%.

Rea Vaya fares will go up by 80c – from R6.20 to R7 – for the short­est trip, while the fur­thest-point fare in­creases by 40c – from R14.10 to R14.50.

A sin­gle trip card will now cost 40c more at R15.

Smart­cards will be sold for R28 at Thokoza Park, Indingilizi, Or­lando Sta­dium, Diep­kloof, the Kingsway cam­pus of the Univer­sity of Johannesburg, Park Sta­tion, Johannesburg Art Gallery and Carl­ton east­bound sta­tions.

The penalty fee has in­creased to R14.50 and the in­spec­tor fare eva­sion penalty to R25. Al­most 80% of Metrobus and Rea Vaya com­muters use coupons.

As a re­sult, those who buy coupons or smart­cards for mul­ti­ple trips en­joy a dis­count, which makes them far cheaper than cash fares.

Com­muters can also ac­cess in­for­ma­tion through the newly launched free VayaMoja app.

COST­ING MORE: A packed Rea Vaya bus on its way from Com­mis­sioner Street to Soweto.

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