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Third price hike in two years

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Subway fare to cost 4.50 as from March 14

The Buenos Aires City Subway commuters will be facing a new tariff hike as from March 14 when tickets will start costing 4.50 pesos when paid with electronic cards such as SUBE or Monedero, according to a new resolution published yesterday in the Official Gazette of the Buenos Aires City government.

Starting on March 14, a metro ticket will no longer cost 3.50 pesos but 4.50 pesos for the first 20 rides. For the following 10 rides after that, the cost will be of 3.60 pesos and for the next ten, 3.15 pesos. From ride 41, tickets will cost 2.70 pesos. On the other hand, a ticket at the station without electronic cards go up from 3.50 pesos to five pesos.

At the same time, the Buenos Aires City government established a monthly discount pass with 30 trips at 126 pesos, another one with 40 trips at 157 pesos and another one of 50 trips at 184 pesos. The student fare was also raised from 30 to 50 pesos and the teachers fare goes from 76 to 100 pesos.

“It was necessary to make a change in the fares scheme of the Buenos Aires subway in order to face price hikes in supplies,” the city government said in the Official Gazette.

Retirees and pensioners will continue travelling for free from Monday to Friday from 5am to 7am and from 10am to 4pm, while on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays they can travel at any time. Primary school students can also travel for free by wearing a white smock during the school year, but with a limit of two trips per day, 10 per week and 44 per month.

There will be no price hike in the so-called social fare, which remains at 2.50 pesos per trip. A fixed amount of 10, 20, 30 or 60 trips valid for 180 days can be purchased to use any day at any time. Beneficiaries of social plans of the city and federal government have access to the social fare, as well as “long-term unemployed people and everybody who is in a situation of social vulnerability.”

Responding to the hike, opposition legislator Alejandro Bodart said yesterday he will file a request on Monday in a Buenos Aires City court to block the increase.

“Neither Metrovías or SBASE justified the price hikes in supplies. A couple of months ago the General Auditor’s Office reported a technical fare of five pesos, a much lower price than the one reported by the government,” Bodart said.

BA City Mayor Mauricio Macri’s administration had previously jacked up the subway fare from 1.10 pesos to 2.50 pesos ten days after taking control of the underground from the national government in January 2012. But then in November 2013 the fare was raised again to 3.50 pesos.

Herald with Télam,DyN

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