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Cronin hopes to lower Metrorail tariffs

Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin on Tuesday said the department will call an...

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Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin on Tuesday said the department will call an urgent meeting with Metrorail to discuss the national fare increase.

In March, Metrorail announced an increase of 24 percent for commuters which will come into effect from the beginning of April.

Cronin said he wants to see if the tariffs could be lowered.

“We are also puzzled and concerned about the announcement. We are getting mixed messages. We are told by the group CEO it is not an across the board 27 percent. They have certainly not consulted the Department of Transport on this matter”.

The rail service blamed the spike on increasing electricity prices, labour costs and vandalism.

Metrorail’s Eddie Chinnapin said the hike was unavoidable.

“Given the nature of price hikes that have taken place, we are compelled to implement this increase.”

He added Metrorail was doing its best to provide commuters with a quality service.


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