Ana Pastor, the national Minister for Development, has announced that as from 2013 her department will slash ticket prices on all AVE (high speed trains) as they are currently “astronomically high”.
The news came after a national survey by her Ministry identified 175 AVE stations which saw fewer than five passengers a day, a hundred or so more which saw between five and 10 passengers a day, and several which saw only “a couple of passengers a year”.
The new pricing structure will slash tickets dramatically, and on certain commuter lines the price could drop to as little as 4,50€ a ticket, according to intital reports, with the Goverment heavily subsidising these tickets.
“Bums on seats” seems to be the new motto, with the Government determined to fill the trains. Rather than selling a dozen tickets at 80€, they’d prefer to sell a couple of hundred at 5€.