AS part of preparations for deployment of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in February next year, the Land Transport Regulatory Authority (LATRA) has invited railway sector stakeholders and the public to a meeting to discuss the proposed fares.
The meeting is scheduled for 19 December at the Anatouglou Hall in Dar es Salaam and will focus on passenger fares for the SGR from Dar es Salaam-Morogoro-Dodoma-Bahi at the request of Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC).
LATRA is tasked with regulating the land transport sector, specifically road, railway, and cable transport. It has the authority to review and set rates and charges. Aside from that, it also certifies train drivers and train crew.
According to a public notice issued by the LATRA Public Relations and Communication Unit, stakeholders can also submit their views in writing to the Director General via their headquarters in Dodoma or LATRA regional offices in each region by January 3, 2023.
In addition, stakeholders’ comments can be sent by email through email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
“Article No. 21 of Law No. 3 of LATRA, 2019 directs the Authority to collect stakeholder opinions before deciding to approve the fare levels for services controlled by the Authority, including train fares,” the notice reads in part.
The proposed fares by TRC from Dar es Salaam-Morogoro for the third class is 24,794/- per adult, and 12,397/- for kids between the ages of 4-12. For the Economy Class, the same route is 29,752/- per adult and 14,876/- for kids.
For the third class from Dar es Salaam-Dodoma is 59,494/- per adult and 29,747/- for kids between the ages of 4-12. Economy class is 71,392/- per adult and 35,696/- for kids.
For the Dar es Salaam-Pugu route, the third class is 4,694/- per adult and 2,347/- for kids between the ages of 4-12. They proposed 5,632/- per adult and 2,816/- for kids who will prefer to use the economy class in the same route.
In the last two weeks, TRC received 14 passenger wagons from South Korea’s Sung Shin Rolling Stock Technology Company (SSRST).
The wagons are a portion of 59 wagons worth 128bn/-, and that other wagons from the Eurowagon company, which will include two electric locomotives and 30 wagons worth 74.48bn/-, will arrive in the country soon.
The government has also ordered 17 locomotives, 10 EMUs, and a locomotive simulator, totalling more than 680.2bn/-. To date, the government has spent more than 882.6bn/- on passenger rolling stock.