While fares in general have risen, prices depend greatly
on the distance travelled. On buses, the average jump is
around two pesos, from six pesos to eight pesos, for example
with steeper inclines for those travelling further. Train
fares follow a similar path, for example rising by 1.5 pesos
on shorter distances and up to two pesos for longer journeys.
“Subte” or underground rail services, remain the same for
now but will rise to 11 pesos come April.
The Transport Ministry’s new program, Red SUBE, also
kicked-off on Thursday. Red SUBE is a multimodal ticket
that integrates buses, trains, and the “subte”. With this, up
to five different transit combinations can be made in the
span of two hours. The base fare will be reduced by 50
percent on the second ride, and 75 percent on the third and
subsequent rides within the two-hour window.
Red SUBE was started with the intention of reducing the
total fare paid over time by people who take multiple forms
of transit within a certain time period. Some, however, are
not too enthralled by the price increases.
“We’re paying higher rates for electricity while not having
service. There was a 66 percent in energy cuts and suspiciously
related to Edesur and Edenor. The Government
failed from the point of view of its residents and the consumer.
The beneficiaries were the businesses that had earnings
of up to USD$7400 million without having to pay a
single peso,” warned Osvaldo Bassano, president of the
Association of Defending the Rights of Users and Consumers
(ADDUC), in an interview with Página 12 on Thursday.
Aside from public transportation, taxi fares and street
parking also saw hikes go into effect, with the base rate up
to 39.10 pesos from 32.60 pesos, and the meter interval increased
to 3.91 pesos instead of 3.26 pesos. Street parking
is up to 10 pesos from eight pesos.