MUMBAI: There was a marginal dip in sales of Metro tokens and smart cards on Monday, the first working day after the fare hike. However, Metro officials were confident of an actual increase in ridership over time.
Metro sources said, “There was a marginal dip of around 5,000 commuters on Monday, the first working day of the new week after fares went up on Friday.” However, smart card sales dipped only marginally, the sharpest fall was witnessed in sales of tokens.
The source said, “The dip is largely because fewer tokens were sold. Token users are not regular commuters. In fact regular commuters, who use smart cards, have continued to travel on the Metro as the fare hike is marginal considering the comfort and time savings vis-a-vis other modes of transport.”
Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd (MMOPL) was recently allowed to increase fares by the Bombay High Court, and the revised slabs of Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 30 and Rs 40 (depending on the distance one travels) came into effect from January 9. More info