Passengers react to increase in Abuja-Kaduna rail fare

Passengers react to increase in Abuja-Kaduna rail fare

Passengers of Abuja-Kaduna train services have expressed mixed reactions over the increase in fare which took effect from Feb. 1.

Some of the passengers who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews on Friday in Abuja said the motive behind the establishment of the railway had been defeated by the hike.

NAN reports that the old fare for executive class of the Nigeria’s first high speed rail system was N1,500 while the standard class was N1.050. With the introduction of express train, the fare was increased to N3000 for executive class and N1,500 for standard.

The fare for the executive class of regular shuttle train was increased to N2,500 and N1,300 for the standard class.

The express train services were the first and last trips from Monday to Saturday at about 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Idu; 6.40 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Rigasa without stopping at other stations.

Mr Ibrahim Bello, a Civil Servant who bought an executive class ticket said the whole idea behind the train was to decongest Abuja by encouraging people to live in Kaduna and come to work in Abuja.

He said the current fare, when multiplied by five working days would discourage workers from taken such decision.

Bello said not many Nigerians could afford the fare and government should design a method to subsidise it. He added that train, in many climes were designed for the masses and not as a source of revenue generation.

“ I do not think that the decision to increase the fare is good enough. Though I can afford it, but a lot of people cannot and I think the aim of establishing the rail system is now defeated.

“It was meant to assist the masses and decongest Abuja for people to leave in Kaduna and work in Abuja on a daily basis, but with this price now it is not possible.

“Multiply the N3000 or N1,500, as the case may be by five working days in a week for one month, you will realise that it is on the high side. “Government should subsidise it for the masses and drop the plan for making it a profit making venture,’’ he said.

NAN

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