- The report says this hefty bill is the result of a steady decline in passengers using the service
- The decline is reportedly due to violence and congestion during peak hours
- While use of the Gautrain is declining, government still has plans to expand the rail network
A report has found that it costs taxpayers R100 million a month to keep the Gautrain running.
Briefly.co.za learned from an IOL report that public funds underwrite the difference between the Gautrain's running costs and the income it receives from passengers.
Over the last few years, the money the Gautrain gets from passengers has steadily decreased. In 2013 the train service required R821 million per year from state coffers to remain operational. That number has since increased to R1.6 billion.
Reasons for this decline in passengers include the reported violence at train stations because of animosity between meter taxis and drivers for apps like Uber. There have also been issues with with congestion at the stations during the busiest hours of the day.
Regardless, it seems that the Gautrain will be expanding in the coming years. There are plans to build more stations at places like Randburg and Lanseria Airport.
This is partly aimed at reducing the amount of traffic on Gauteng's roads, as the number of cars in the province is expected to more than double to 8.6 million in the next twenty years.
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