August 29, 2014
As of today, subway fare rises to 4.50 pesos
The fare for the Subte underground train network will today jump to 4.50 pesos on “Sube” or “Monedero” cards and to five pesos on “Subtepass” paper tickets, unless City judge Elena Liberatori rules in favour of an injunction request filed by three opposition legislators.
At press time, City Hall authorities had been given a 24-hour limit to inform the court about the reasons justifying the increase from 3.50 pesos to the new fare and the deadline expires before noon today.
Last Monday, leftist MST lawmaker Alejandro Bodart had filed an injunction request to halt the second increase in the subway fare in less than six months. Soon afterwards, UNEN coalition’s Gustavo Vera and Pablo Bergel — both from the Verde Alameda faction — appeared in court with a similar request.
“It’s a good symptom because it means that she may be supposing that City Hall has something to report on this issue,” Bodart told news agency DyN when asked about the order given by judge Liberatori to the local government.
“Something in the injunction request must have created doubts in the judge and now we will have to wait until tomorrow morning (for today) to find out if she will rule in favour or against the new hike”.
In parallel to the judicial move, BA City Ombudsman Alejandro Amor, who recently took office after leaving his legislative seat in the Kirchnerite caucus, requested subway state firm Subterráneos de Buenos Aires Sociedad del Estado (Sbase) head Juan Pablo Piccardo to inform him about the grounds for City Hall’s decision.
Specifically, Amor’s request aimed at the “technical reasons which motivated this new raise and the motives for installing a new staggered fare” according to the frequency of travelling.
Following the new tariff scheme that Sbase authorities defended in a public hearing last month, the transport scheme will include a discount plan from the moment it starts running.
Starting from today, a metro ticket will cost 4.50 pesos for the first 20 rides, 3.60 pesos during the next 10 rides and 3.15 pesos for the other 10. Finally, the fare will sink to 2.70 pesos from ride No. 41 and on.
As the Ombudsman’s office explained publicly yesterday, their request wishes to establish whether local government has considered or not widening the criteria for the social tariff requirements to include a higher number of people.
Herald staff with DyN