A single fare on the Buenos Aires subte network will cost $7.50 from 27th July, according to a resolution published in the city government’s official gazette today.
The new fare represents a 67% hike from the current $4.50, while there will still be discounts for frequent users. The first 20 journeys in a month will be priced at $7.50, journeys 21-30 at $6.00, journeys 31-40 will cost $5.25, and any additional travel after that will be charged at $4.50.
A ‘social fare’ of $4.00 will be available for low income households, those who receive welfare support, and the unemployed. Students (expect those in universities) and teachers will also be offered a discounted fare, while retirees on a minimum state pension and disabled people will travel for free.
The fare hike had been announced in March, but delayed to hold a series of public audiences as legally required for increases in the rates of public services.
The increase in fares could be delayed further if city courts accept a request for an injunction presented today by Patricio del Corro, legislator for the Frente de Izquierda in Buenos Aires.
Earlier this month, Del Corro argued that the proposed fare hike should be postponed until a full audit is carried out to determine exactly how city funds allocated to operating the subte network have been used.