Macau (MNA) – Local bus fares will rise to MOP6 from April 21, Saturday, the Macau SAR Transport Bureau (DSAT) announced on Monday.
The increase will apply to all bus lines in the city, run by three transportation companies, namely, New Era, Transmac, and TCM.
Macau Pass holders will therefore pay MOP3 for normal lines and MOP4 for the fast lines, called ‘X,’ such as the 3X, 10X, or 25 X.
Student cardholders will pay half price, while senior citizens and people with disabilities holding relevant identification cards will be exempt from payment.
The DSAT also informed that the monthly bus pass was canceled.
Time for correspondence has also been reduced for passengers moving within one to two zones to 45 minutes from the one hour previously allowed.
Correspondence time for movement within three zones is maintained at one hour.
The DSAT had presented the proposal for price adjustment last September, claiming the current adjustment is the result of consultations with the Traffic Affairs Consultative Committee and several sectors of society, as well as the analysis of costs for bus operations, reasonable return, people’s accessibility and the consumer price index.
The Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Raimundo Arrais do Rosário, had previously claimed the prices had not been adjusted for nearly ten years and that a significant increase in salaries for bus drivers over the last few years have created pressure on costs.
The proposal has also generated social unrest when Mr. Rosário mentioned in early October last year that the government was mulling the possibility of establishing different tariffs for residents and foreign workers – working permit holders.
The Secretary has said the request was strongly brought up at the Legislative Assembly (AL) during 2015, following complaints from residents who claimed they could not get on buses due to the high number of non-resident workers using the services, in particular routes heading to the Border Gate, north of the Macau Peninsula.