Commuter train fares go up by 100 percent

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Zimbabwe consumes 30 000 tonnes of wheat per month and needs 400 000 tonnes of wheat per year, against the 200 000 tonnes per year produced locally.
This comes as at least 5000 passengers boarded the recently re-introduced City-Cowdray Park commuter train in the first five days of its operation.

NATIONAL Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has hiked fares by 100 percent as the cost of living for ordinary Zimbabweans continues to skyrocket.

The national railway giant says the price hike has been necessitated by an increase in the organisation’s operational expenses which have been caused by high cost of spares

“NRZ would like to advise members of the travelling public of a new fare structure for the City-Cowdray Park Commuter Train service,” NRZ public relations officer Nyasha Maravanyika said.

“Starting on Monday 4 February 2019, there will be separate fares for children and adults. Single ride fares for adults will go up from 50 cents to $1. Children and school children in uniform will continue paying 50 cents.

“Students at tertiary institutions of learning will pay $1 while a multiple ride budget ticket will go up from $4.50 to $9. The multiple-ride budget ticket is valid for 10 trips.

“The adjustment in the prices of fares has been necessitated by an increase in the organisation’s operational expenses which have been caused by high cost of spares.

The NRZ re-introduced the commuter train service in Bulawayo in November 2018 and all fares were pegged at a flat rate of 50 cents per ride for all passengers, irrespective of age.

“The 10 trip multiple ride ticket was $4.50, a discount of 10 percent which has been,” Maravanyika added.