Tranvía fare may require a subsidy; consultant’s report on operational costs due in July

May 11, 2017 | 16 comments

Cuenca’s transportation chief, Jaime Guzman, says that operating costs for the tranvía will be known in July. That’s when transit consultant Leon Godoy delivers its final report and recommends a fare that will cover costs.

That fare, however, may not be the one that passengers actually pay.

Guzman and the city’s tranvía coordinator, Guillermo Argudo, say the city may have to subsidize the fare so it can match that for buses. “We expect the consultant to determine that the real cost per tram ride to be 50 cents or more, well above the new bus fare, so it may be necessary for the city to provide financial support,” says Argudo.

Tram car in the station. (El Tiempo)

In plans developed in 2012, the tranvía was projected to carry 120,000 passengers a day at a fare of 25 cents. Based on more recent information, Guzman says the passenger load estimate has been to reduced to 65,000 to 73,000 a day.

Last month, a University of Cuenca consulting team recommended that the city raise bus rates to 33 cents, although it provided options of 26 cents and 32 cents if the city provides a subsidy. Guzman said a final fare for both bus and tram system will be determined by August.

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