|Hearing Held for Jinhua’s Rail Transit Fares Plan|
On November 5, the Municipal Development and Reform Commission organized a hearing on the Jinhua Rail Transit fare plan. Proposals were made to adopt a segmented fare system by mileage. Under both proposals, the starting price is set at 2 RMB, with special groups enjoying reductions and exemptions. A total of 17 members participated in the hearing.
According to the calculation of the two sets of fare plans submitted for the hearing, the price of riding the entire Jinyi section (Jinhua Station to Qintang Station) to be opened is 12 or 13 RMB. The Jinyi Section of Jinyidong Metropolitan Rail Transit is currently stepping up joint debugging and testing, and strives to open trial operation by the end of December 2021; Yidong Section (Lingyun Station to the Stadium Station) strives to open trial operation in July 2022.
Plan one: The starting price is 2 RMB for 8 kilometers, and 1 RMB for every 2 km behind the first 8. For this plan, the whole journey from Jinhua Station to Yiwu Qintang Station is 12 RMB.
Plan two: The starting price is 2 RMB for 5 kilometers, and 1 RMB for every 5 kilometers beyond the first 5 kilometers. The whole journey from Jinhua Station to Yiwu Qintang Station will be 13 RMB.
Participants at the hearing inspected the Jinyi Section of rail transit on site, then carefully analyzed and demonstrated in detail the two sets of fare plans and preferential policies for special groups, expressed their opinions and suggestions, and put forward many constructive suggestions.
The Municipal Development and Reform Commission stated that the rail transit investment is huge, and the fare plan cannot cover the costs. The funds required for its operation also need to be resolved through multiple channels and methods such as government guarantees and other operating income. The fare plan takes into account the public welfare of rail transit and overall plans. It is necessary to find a balance between the operating costs of enterprises, the income of residents, and the affordability of public finances.
The Municipal Development and Reform Commission will further improve the rail transit fare plan on the basis of fully listening to and absorbing the opinions of the representatives at the hearing, and report their recommendations to the municipal government for approval before implementation. (By Xu Zhaohui, translated by Jiang Yifan, edited by Kendra Fiddler)