March 10, 2014
SUBE smart card will be used to pay toll gate tax
As for Sunday 2, drivers will be able to pay toll charges using the SUBE smart card in the Panamericana and Del Oeste highways in a government move that aims at easing congestions and speeding up traffic, Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo has announced.
Holding a press conference at the Casa Rosada presidential palace, Randazzo explained that both the Buenos Aires Province and City administrations have agrees to the new resolution that will allow SUBE card holders now not only to pay for their bus and subway tickets electronically but also to use it at toll booths. In a first stage, the card will work in the Panamericana and Del Oeste highways with the minister saying that the new payment system will cover other freeways soon.
Following are some SUBE card figures outlined by Randazzo:
15 million SUBE cards
8,500 posts to activate the card
4,000 posts to purchase the card
18,500 buses that have the SUBE system
13 million daily trips are made with the card
More than 96 percent of commuters use the SUBE card
“This (measure) is part of a comprehensive policy to improve public transportation,” the minister affirmed referring also to another decision announced recently that sets extra fees on truckers accessing the Argentine capital during rush hour. “This is not against anyone but it is in favour of all of us,” Randazzo insisted.
Prior to the SUBTE announcement, the official referred to the tragic quad bike accident that took place yesterday in the coastal city of Pinamar, 350 km off Buenos Aires where a 10-year-old died. The victim’s cousin, a 16-year-old, was driving the bike, neither of them wearing helmets.
“We are making a great effort along with the Vial Security Agency in the area where the accident happened yesterday. We have prevented 815 minors from riding quad bikes. We have handed in 1,115 helmets so far this year showing the importance that wearing them has when you manipulate these vehicles. But parents must help us. They must say no even when kids get angry at them. It is better to make them angry rather than having to pick up a kid at the morgue,”he said.