He Government of the City of Buenos Aires reported this Tuesday a adjustment of subway rates, taxis, fines, parking and Vehicle Technical Verification (VTV) throughout the first half of 2021, with increases that will range from 43% to 100%, after the public hearings that were called for January.
The public hearings are the previous step to apply the increases, so it is expected that As of February, the increases could begin to apply although, depending on the case, they will be staggered until April or May. This is the case of subway, whose total adjustment will be 43% in two stages, the first in March and the second in April or May. In this way, each trip will go from $ 21 to $ 30 and the Premetro from $ 7.50 to $ 10.70.
“They are adjustments that allow the operation of services, their maintenance and operation under safety standards,” they assured from the Buenos Aires Government.
These settings will not modify the tiered rate system of the SUBE and Monedero networks, Through which you can access discounts of 20%, 30% and 40% for tickets once they exceed 20, 30 or 40 monthly trips, respectively.
For its part, the increase in the taxi will be from 44% also in two stages. The first increase will be in February and the second in April, after the hearing also set for the first month of the year. In February, the day token will go from $ 5.95 to $ 7.14 and the flag lowering will cost $ 71.40, while the night token will go up to $ 8.57. In April, the daytime tab will rise from $ 7.14 to $ 8.57 and the flag drop to $ 85.70, while the nighttime rate will be $ 10.28.
“The last increase in the value of the taxi token was in February 2020, since then the CNG increased 32%, and represents 41% of the cost of taxi drivers ”, argued the City to explain the decided increase.
In the service of Metered Parking the setting will reach the 100%, increasing from February from $ 15 to $ 30. “The value of the hour of parking in the streets of the City of Buenos Aires has not been adjusted for 18 months and is out of date with respect to other cities, where it already exceeds $ 33 (Rosario, Morón)”, indicated the Government.
Although at the moment the parking lot operates like Sunday, the new rate will take effect when metered parking is resumed.
Regarding the VTV, the increase will bel 45% and will begin to rule since February. For cars it will go from $ 1838 to $ 2665 and for motorcycles it will increase from $ 691 to $ 1002. The reason for this adjustment is to “cover operating costs and workers’ salaries,” as explained by the City.
But the traffic fines 82.5%. This is due to an adjustment in the value of the Fixed Unit for the payment of infractions, which must be updated every six months, according to Law 451. Its current value is $ 21.40 and it has not changed since February 8 of 2019.
All unpaid fines will be adjusted by the new value of the UF, which “will run from the first business day of 2021,” as indicated by the Buenos Aires government. In this way, a fine for speeding, an offense punishable by 70 to 4000 UF, indicates that the value of the fine will be between $ 2,733 to $ 156,200 and, in the case of red light violation -from 300 to 1,500 UF- it will be sanctioned with penalties of $ 11,715 to a maximum of $ 58,575.
“This update will impact the entire universe of infractions committed in the City and even those that have not been canceled by its debtors. And the new value of the UF will run from the first business day of 2021”, Indicated the Government.
Subway concession renewal
The Buenos Aires government also announced the 12-year award extension of a new concession contract for the operation of the subway and the premetro to the Benito Roggio-Metrovías Group. This contract will then be valid until 2032.
The decision was approved by the Directory of Subways of Buenos Aires SE (Sbase), through resolution No. 3382/2020, which will come into effect within 90 days after publication in the Official Gazette, as reported in a statement.
According to these data, “the new contract foresees investments in infrastructure and the incorporation of new technologies of vanguard oriented to offer a better service to the users of the network, and to achieve a closer relationship between them and the company ”.
It also stipulates that, from the new contract, if the company does not comply with the scheduled service, it will not receive the corresponding payment since “it will be remunerated based on the car / commercial kilometer indicator (CKC), that is, the service actually provided” .
“He new calculation for monthly outlay on the part of the Government, it means a stimulus for the operator who will have to have the necessary fleet to comply with the operating program and increase the efficiency of the workshops to streamline and optimize the maintenance tasks of the rolling stock, ”said Sbase.
As quoted by the agency Telam, since Metrovías They expressed their agreement with the extension of the contract and the possibility of an extension for another three years. “We are very satisfied with our participation in the bidding process, in which we successfully faced two powerful international consortiums, ”said company sources.
The operator will pass to bear the costs resulting from the general inspections of the rolling stock, and an incentive is provided for the increase in passenger demand as a result of its management.
The bidding process began in 2018 and three offers were received between the end of 2019 and the beginning of this year, two from the companies –RATP (subsidiary of the Paris Metro) together with Alstom; and Keolis, with Transport for London and Corporación América– announced their retirement as bidders; and so was the local group Benito Roggio Transporte, with Metrovías.
For guarantee and increase the availability of trains and optimize the facility operation Investment in infrastructure is foreseen (with interventions in the workshops to improve and speed up the maintenance of the fleet) and to move from a 2.0 maintenance to another 4.0, predictive, which allows to anticipate the natural wear of stairs, elevators, trains, tracks and facilities .
On the other hand, it will work on a new user information system that allows providing information in real time in the event of service alterations; and a new app with basic information such as the schedules of the next train, status of the lifts and frequencies, among others.
Furthermore, the incorporation of “smart stations”With new LED screens, interactive digital totems, new SUBE card recharge machines and unified validators, replacement of current turnstiles with double-pane glass doors, smart signage, etc.