As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, on Sunday, the Mayor of Zagreb, Tomislav Tomasevic, said that for now, ZET ticket prices will remain unchanged and that they are doing everything they can to prevent any increase in the price of tickets for the use of the city’s public transport system.
“For now, these ZET ticket prices will remain as they are. We’re doing everything we can to prevent the increase in the price of public transport,” Tomasevic told reporters at Ban Jelacic Square, where he participated in the action of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development called #ZaZeleniSvakiDan/ForGreenEveryDay”.
He confirmed that ZET definitely does have debts, because, as he explained, it took out a loan of half a billion kuna for the realisation of the deeply problematic Sljeme cable car, loan installments are already needing to be paid, and there is no income yet. “So the cable car is a big weight for ZET’s business,” Tomasevic warned.
He explained that ZET, which is marking its 130th anniversary, operates in such a way that the vast majority of costs are covered directly from the city budget through a subsidy paid out to the city company.
The mayor says that this year, in order to cover the loss that will occur, which ZET didn’t plan for, he will have to provide a larger amount for the subsidy in the rebalance of the city budget than was planned this year.
He didn’t want to say what the amount of the subsidy will be and whether there will be a shift in the way ZET does things, and he announced that he will talk more about it next week when he will present the supplementary budget of the City of Zagreb.
He also announced that he would do everything to improve public transport in Zagreb, and called on people to use that transport as much as possible and leave their cars at home whenever they can in order to help protect the environment.
He says that they have talked to some ministers about the Sljeme cable car, but they haven’t yet had time to talk to some of the people they need to. He also noted that they have an administrative dispute on their hands over the use permit for the planned Sljeme cable car and that the dispute will go on in court for some time yet.
However, regardless of the dispute, he announced that works will be done that will reduce the noise of the Sljeme cable car, because, as he pointed out, the cost of these works is lower compared to the cost that arises every month because the cable car isn’t in function.
“So, it will be another new cost, but again not so much in relation to this cost that occurs every month because the cable car isn’t moving and has no income,” concluded Tomasevic.
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