In March this year, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi confirmed that 19 new Gautrain stations are being planned – including a new link to Lanseria Airport, and Soweto.
These stations would form part of a proposed new line that starts from Mamelodi – Irene – linking to the old network, and branching off from Sandton to Randburg, Cosmo City, the Cradle of Human Kind, and Lanseria.
Other areas to be covered in the expansion of the Gautrain include Mamelodi, Boksburg, Randburg-Lanseria, Mogale City and Syferfontein as well as Roodepoort and Jabulani.
The expansion will primarily be done on a public-private partnership basis, in phases that will take up to 20 years to complete.
With the service now accommodating over 60,000 passengers daily, prices have also steadily increased – typically in line with, or just above the price of inflation.
This has equated to a single trip becoming anywhere from 25% – 75% more expensive since launch, depending on which routes you travel and whether you travel during peak hours.
Since becoming operational in 2010, the Gautrain service has seen a number of ticket price changes.
The first phase of the project, which launched in May 2010 only contained four stations – OR Tambo, Rhodesfield, Marlboro and Sandton.
A second phase – completed in 2011 – subsequently connected Sandton to Park Station, and Midrand to Hatfield in Tshwane.
Upon becoming fully operational in 2011, it cost R105 to travel one way to the OR Tambo International Airport from Sandton, R125 from Pretoria, and R115 from Johannesburg Park Station.
These fees were substantially cheaper when buying a monthly or weekly ticket. A monthly ticket from Hatfield in Pretoria to Park Station in Johannesburg cost R39 per trip while a single trip on a weekly ticket between Park Station and Hatfield cost R43.
Commuters could pay R10 a day to park at stations if they were using the Gautrain and R80 a day if they were not.
The cost of the required contact-less card was R10.
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On 1 June 2017, Gautrain announced its updated ticket prices for the year. This includes a new minimum requirement of R25 on your Gautrain card to use the service, and special single/return product fees.
High peak fares now also apply on certain routes during the following hours: 06:30 – 07:30, as do substitute peak fees (o6:00 – 08:30 and 15:30 – 18:00).
Off-peak fares also allow consumers to travel for cheaper than normal at less busy times (before 06:00 and after 18:00, and between 08:30 – 15:30).
Commuters must now pay R21 a day to park at stations if they are using the Gautrain and R100 a day if they are not.
Since the launch of the service in 2011, the Gautrain has also introduced standardised bus fares, allowing commuters to travel to certain economic and residential hubs from anywhere between R1 and R21.
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New single/return product prices