10-yen Fare Increase for Kyoto City Bus and SubwayFrom April 201419 November 2013 - Traffic
As the consumption tax rate will rise to eight percent from next April, Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau announced an ordinance amendment on November 19 to raise fares for the city bus and the municipal subway. While the subway's minimum fare will remain the same, other fares and city bus fare will increase by ten yen. The amendment bill will be submitted to the November session of the City Assembly, which will start on November 26.
The city bus fare will increase for the first time in 17 years, with the last increase having been in September 1996. The last subway fare increase was in January, 2006. Although in both those cases the goal for the increase was management reconstruction, this is the first time fares have been raised related to the consumption tax increase.
The bus fare will be revised from the current 220 yen to 230 yen. Outside the 150 to 500 yen flat-rate area, the increase will differ depending on sections, from zero up to 20 yen. The price for commuter passes and the 500-yen All-day Pass will be left unchanged.
The subway's minimum fare, for within one section and up to 3 kilometers, will remain 210 yen. The fare will increase by 10 yen for two to five sections. The maximum fare will be 350 yen.
The prices for commuter passes will also be raised. There will be no change in the price of a One-day Pass.
The fares are in accordance with the basic policy of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. With fractions of the fares being rounded up, the amount of tax due from fare increases will surpass that of the increase in consumption tax. To adjust the gap, fares for some sections and prices for commuter passes are being left unchanged. As a result, the balance will leave a shortage of 74 million yen, which will be compensated for from other income.(translated by Galileo, Inc.)