The “price-attractive” fares for train rides between Joburg and Pretoria are expected to attract a number of people from private cars to public transport.
COMMUTERS will now be able to calculate how far into their pockets they will need to delve to enjoy a relaxing and hassle-free 42-minute journey between Park Station in the heart of Johannesburg and Hatfield in Pretoria, riding on the slick Gautrain.
Gautrain faresGautrain fares are highly competitive“The determined fares are based on the principle of affordability and are highly competitive compared to other modes of public transport,” said the Gauteng MEC for roads and transport, Ismail Vadi, at the official far announcement on 6 April.
“They are sufficiently price-attractive to create a substantial shift from private car use to public transport in the form of the Gautrain.”
These fares would come into practice on 1 July, when the full system would be launched, if all continued to go well, said Vadi.
It has been predicted that most passengers will buy either weekly or monthly tickets, which will result in hefty discounts. For instance, a monthly ticket between Park and Hatfield stations will equate to R39 per trip, as opposed to R49 for a single trip.
Weekly ticket holders will pay R44 per trip between the two stations. This works out to a 20 percent discount for monthly travellers and a 10 percent markdown for weekly commuters.
There are three fares classifications: the first is the pay-as-you-go (single) fare, whereby passengers pay for their trips each time they use the train.
The saver pass is the weekly option, which comprises 10 trips between two pre-chosen stations. Commuters will need to start using the pass within seven days of buying it, and it will expire seven days after its first use, regardless of whether all 10 trips have been used.
Trains will runGautrain full system will launch on 1 JulyThe super-saver pass refers to the monthly ticket, which caters for 44 single trips between two pre-chosen stations. Travellers also need to start using the pass within seven days of purchase; it will expire 35 days after first use, again regardless of whether all trips have been taken.
As well as unveiling the new fares, the Gautrain Management Agency also said the prices for the airport service would be increasing from 1 June, from R100 to R105 for the current stops.
To get to the airport from the new stations will cost varying amounts. For example, the trips between OR Tambo International and Park Station, Rosebank and Midrand will set travellers back R115, while the journey between Centurion, Pretoria, Hatfield and the airport will cost R125.
“Nobody else can offer you a trip like this,” said the chief executive officer of the Gautrain Management Agency, Jack van der Merwe. “There is no need to worry about traffic cops, accidents and we are working with 99 percent predictability and reliability.”
The Gautrain’s first phase became operational in June 2010, just before the start of the FIFA World Cup. It is made up of the airport and commuter links. The airport link joins Sandton with OR Tambo, and the commuter facility connects Sandton Station with Rhodesfield, with a stop at the Marlboro base.
To view the comprehensive list of fares, visit the Gautrain website.
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