Metrorail's annual fare hike kicks in today

Commuters are advised to take advantage of discounts in weekly and monthly ticket prices.

FILE: A Metrorail train in Cape Town train station. Picture: Chad Roberts/Primedia

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail's fare increases kick in countrywide today and the rail operator insists it has kept its fares as low as possible.

The increases of between 50 cents and R1 for single tickets, between R1 and R2 for weeklies and between R2 and R38 for monthlies, were confirmed earlier in June.

The train company's Riana Scott advised commuters to take advantage of discounts in weekly and monthly ticket prices.

"The pricing strategy favours the majority of our train users. There are cost saver options in weekly and monthly tickets passes and we encourage people to rather buy those."

Metrorail's Richard Walker said the yearly price hike is due to inflation and they are in the process to talk to the relevant parties.

The rail service provider said the fare increase would bring in a about 6,5 percent additional revenue in the region.

Metrorail revealed the balance of operational costs would be funded through further internal efficiencies and cost savings.