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Local Council Members Request Race Cuts for Honam KTX Ticket Price

지역 의회, 호남선 KTX 요금인하해야

Local Council Members Request Race Cuts for Honam KTX Ticket Price

 

Gwangju City Council held a press conference recently and requested the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to re-consider ticket price for the soon-to-be opened Honam KTX.

At the press conference, the city council said the price of a ticket on the Honam KTX between Seoul Yongsan and Gwangju Songjeong station, that was finalized by the Transport Ministry at 46,800 won, is too expensive.

The city council pointed out that the total travel time between Gwangju-Yongsan and Dongdaegu-Yongsan is similar at 1 hour and 46 minutes and 1 hour and 50 minutes, respectively, but the price difference is 4,300 won.

The Korea Railroad Corporation explained that the price difference is due to the different usage rate of the Honam KTX and Gyeongbuk line linking Seoul and Daegu, 91 percent and 76 percent, respectively.

In response to the recent opposition from regional politicians and citizens, the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy party and its Jeollanamdo party chair, Hwang Ju-hong said that the Transport Ministry has recently expressed its willingness to reconsider the price of Honam KTX trains.

Lawmakers from Jeollanamdo, North Jeolla and Gwangju will visit the Korea Railroad Corporation headquarter on March 23r to press the matter.

 

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