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Tuesday Feb 04, 2014

Joburg's Rea Vaya bus users to travel cheaper

Good news for Rea Vaya commuters - the City of Joburg has agreed to substantially reduce its fares for occasional users and long-distance commuters.

The cost for single or double fares, for once-off users, will be reduced by a massive 48 percent and 32 percent respectively.

The cost for one fare will go down from R25 to R13 and for two fares from R37 to R25.

This is over and above the removal of loading fees charged when commuters paid money into smart cards at the Rea Vaya stations from this week.

The new, reduced fares will be introduced from February 15.

Commuters who travel between 25km and 35km will pay R11.50 instead of R12.50, while those travelling more than 35km will now pay R12.50 instead of R14.20.

The decreases are 8 percent and 12 percent respectively.

Member of the mayoral committee responsible for transport Christine Walters said this was a direct benefit to commuters who, for example, travel from Naledi to Ellis Park, Protea Glen to the Joburg Theatre, Eldorado Park to Ellis Park, and Indingilizi (Dobsonville) to Ellis Park.

Tickets for single trips will cost R13 instead of R25, while return trips will cost R25 instead of R37.

These reductions will benefit once-off users who travel to and from football and rugby events.

'We have listened to our commuters who complained about the high costs of public transport - especially those who live far from work due to the city's apartheid legacy, and reduced the fares for long-distance travellers and occasional users,' Walters said.

'We are committed to provide high-quality, affordable and accessible public transport.'

The Star

    
 

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