Madrid will not extend the 50% reduction in the transport pass for 2023
The Community of Madrid will not extend the 50% discount on transport passes, which ends on December 31, and has already received the transfer from the central executive of more than 100 million euros, which has covered part of the cost of this reduction since last September. This has been pointed out by the Minister of Economy, Finance and Employment, Javier Fernandez-Lasquettyat a breakfast organized by Europe Press in which he has taken out the policies in the field of Community Transport to make it “the most subsidized in Europe”.
In this key, he has pointed out how the funds received from the central executive to pay part of the reduction in the season ticket represents almost 10% of the total paid by the regional government, which “subsidizes about 60% of the real cost of each trip” and that, in addition, it has maintained for more than a decade with frozen rates.
“The season ticket discount was a temporary measure until December 31 and will end on December 31,” Lasquetty has settled, closing the door to an extension like the one announced by the central government in the rail systems under its jurisdiction -Renfe, Rodalíes and Cercanías- which will continue to be free throughout 2023.
The central government approved an initial reduction of 30% for transport tickets at the regional and local level, which would be subsidized by the Government. From there, the Communities could decide whether to extend it to 50%, running the cost on their own, as Madrid decided. In any case, The Government has not yet expressed itself on the extension of that 30% minimum discount on regional and local transport, having only confirmed that of Cercanías and Media Distancia.
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