Been hesitating to post this but I’ve been digging a bit…
I’m not trying to be contentious here, just asking…
Whilst the fare increases may appear to be a bit heavy handed, maybe they are just playing catch-up with the realities.
do you think that the management of Metro Madrid should install expensive lcd tvs, buy the most modern expensive trains they can, and then put up prices by 17.5% a year?
Actually… yes I do… Madrid is a capital city and like all capital cities has a face it must present to the millions of tourists that visit every year and hence bring in millions of much needed Euros.
Let me say that I have never visited Madrid and am not therefore familiar with the Madrid Metro BUT… a bit of digging around the net shows this from
which suggests to me that far from being expensive its actually rather cheap; it certainly compares favourably with other European Metro systems
quote…TO TRAVEL ON THE WHOLE OF THE COMMUNITY OF MADRID’S METRO NETWORK: METROMADRID, ML1, METROSUR, METRONORTE, METROESTE, TFM AND METRO LIGERO OESTE *LIGHT RAILWAY)
THE UNDERGROUND NETWORK EXTENDS THROUGH PRICE ZONE A AND OTHER MUNICIPALITIES IN THE COMMUNITY OF MADRID BELONGING TO PRICE ZONES B1, B2 AND B3.
Metro Combined Ticket - 2,50 €
Valid for one journey only in the whole of the Community of Madrid’s Metro network, in any direction and on any day of the week. It is purchased at the ticket booths or the ticket dispensing machines. In both cases access to the trains is through the turnstiles.
Metro Combined 10 Journeys Ticket - 15 €
Valid for 10 journey only in the whole of the Community of Madrid’s Metro network, in any direction and on any day of the week. It is purchased at the ticket booths or the ticket dispensing machines. In both cases access to the trains is through the turnstiles… unquote
2.50€ to cover the entire city system? or 1.50€ if you use a 10 trip ticket… still somewhat less than the cost of a cup of coffee and a donut…
Is it not true also that the 3€ Aeropuerto Supplement actually includes access to the entire Madrid Metro system… so the supplement is actually only 0.50€
In Granada where I live, public transport (Bus) costs within the City limits is 1.20.€ any distance (our much vaunted Cross City Tram System has ground to a standstill before it’s even up and running)...
Granada City Centre Granada Airport 3€
Malaga City Centre to the Airport costs 1.30€.
Madrid Atocha to Barajas 3€ inc supplement
By comparison… London Euston to Heathrow Term 4 is £5.90 or 7.20€
Seem to recall Madrid Metro is run by the Madrid Government…
If Rajoys plans for a Thatcherite ‘privatise everything’ scenario come to fruition it seems reasonable to assume that the Metro fares will increase dramatically just as they did in London and across the UK once private operators get their greasy mitts on things… especially if First Group, Stagecoach, Arriva, NEX get involved!