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Public Transport News

Comprehensive Gautrain bus service also available on June 8 

By: Irma Venter     4th June 2010 The Gautrain's complementary bus service will launch alongside the first phase of the rapid-rail link on June 8, says system operator Bombela. The bus service will be available from Tuesday to ferry passengers to and from Sandton and Rhodesfield stations, while the service to Marlboro station... 

First June 8 train to OR Tambo will depart at 05:30 

By: Irma Venter     4th June 2010 The first Gautrain open to the public will depart the 45-m deep Sandton station for the OR Tambo International Airport station on Tuesday, June 8, at 05:24 in the morning, says Gautrain spokesperson Dr Barbara Jensen. 

Rapid-rail link secures safety permit ahead of June 8 launch

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2010 The first phase of the Gautrain rapid-rail link was declared safe and legal on Wednesday, ahead of its launch next week Tuesday, as the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) handed over a safety permit to the Bombela Operating Company (BOC). BOC was responsible for operating and maintaining the... 

FanRide partners with Melrose Arch for World Cup transport

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st June 2010 Johannesburg’s mixed-use precinct Melrose Arch and transport company, FanRide, are offering international tourists coming to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as local sports fans and corporates, a transport shuttle service to and from five soccer stadiums in and near Gauteng. FanRide CEO Leema... 

City-led planning and regulation of public transport mooted

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2010 To date, around 33 000 minibus taxis of an estimated fleet of 135 000 vehicles have been scrapped under government’s taxi recapitalisation programme (TRP), says Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin. 

Taxi recap moves to back-seat as govt takes more holistic view of public transport 

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2010 To date, around 33 000 minibus taxis of an estimated fleet of 135 000 vehicles have been scrapped under government’s taxi recapitalisation programme (TRP), says Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin. The programme offers a R55 000 allowance to owners to scrap their old vehicles and buy new,... 

Cape Town’s IRT 
airport link on track 

By: Tracy Hancock     26th March 2010 An integrated rapid transport (IRT) link to Cape Town International Airport will be up and running by May 29, just before soccer fanatics from around the world flock to South Africa for the much anticipated FIFA World Cup.

The airport to city link includes the construction of a station and... 

Gauteng dismisses R10bn Gautrain claim as ‘spurious' 

By: Sapa     9th March 2010 The Gautrain Management Agency on Tuesday dismissed as "spurious" a claim of more than R10-billion for reported delays in the construction process. "The Gauteng province has come to the conclusion that the concessionaire has a spurious claim which the province is convinced will have very little... 

Transport ‘command centre’ 
to be set up for World Cup

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2010 The Department of Transport (DoT) will set up a transport command and call centre for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, “to ensure efficient and effective transport”. 

World Cup transport command and call centre to open in March 

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2010 The Department of Transport (DoT) will set up a transport command and call centre for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, “to ensure efficient and effective transport”. Transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele says the centre is expected to be operational by the end of March. The World Cup kicks off in June. 

Giving value to aesthetics on Gauteng’s roads

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th December 2009 With the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) construction currently under way on the majority of the province’s roads, congestion, rubble and construction equipment may be creating the impression of an unattractive, grey mass of concrete along the freeways and interchanges. 

South Africa’s road network takes on a new look

11th December 2009 Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele says that the country is facing a R18,4-billion backlog with regards to the upkeep of the core national road network. In the provinces, there was a further R19,9-billion backlog, bringing the total to R38,3-billion. 

Body-scanning security solution able to detect organic and inorganic contraband

By: Jacqueline Holman     11th December 2009 The Soter RS security body scanner, which can detect organic and inorganic materials including hidden contraband on people, is now available in South Africa, says body scanning security application company ODSecurity spokesperson in South Africa Dominique Mabaso. 

Luxury coaches supplied for World Cup

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th December 2009 As the primary transport sponsor for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and a FIFA partner, motor company Hyundai Automotive South Africa has been commissioned to supply a minimum requirement of 64 luxury coaches - two coaches for each of the 32 teams in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This has provided a good... 

Challenges in sight, but encouraging response to BRT system 

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th December 2009 City of Johannesburg executive director for transportation Lisa Seftel says that commuter feedback, despite a few teething problems, for phase 1A of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which has been running since September, has been encouraging. The overall feedback from commuters... 

Bus operators should be aware of 
recent changes to legislation

4th December 2009 Bus operators transporting 2010 FIFA World Cup passengers should note the recent changes to the public entity Road Accident Fund (RAF) legislation and adjust their third-party insurance accordingly, says insurance broker and risk consultants Glenrand MIB manager of commercial product solutions... 

BRT system contributes 
to job creation

4th December 2009 Numerous job and skills training opportunities in local communities have been created through the development of infrastructure for the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system, in Johannesburg.

From June 2008 to the end of June 2009, 3 300 people, including a large number of women, were employed... 

Increased densities along key public transport corridors vital, says eThekwini city manager

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     20th November 2009 eThekwini municipality city manager Dr Michael Sutcliffe says that the restructuring of public transport is not just about infrastructure spend, but rather, the development of a world-class public transport system, which requires huge investments in capital and operating spend.

“Under... 

Viable funding key to unlocking public transport

By: Dennis Ndaba     13th November 2009 Public transport and walking are lifeline modes for 80% of South Africans and should be prioritised over cars, Public Transport Strategy and Implementation Monitoring director Bill Cameron told the Infrastructure Dialogue on Municipal Public Transport. 

New framework required if taxi industry is to be integrated into formal mix

By: Dennis Ndaba     13th November 2009 Without proper planning and a review of all the consequences, the promise of the taxi industry’s eventual integration into the formal public-transport mix will be difficult to achieve in the “real world”, the head of transport and supply chain management at the University of Johannesburg,... 

Bombela confirms Oct 2010 completion date for Gautrain

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2009 The completion date for phase one of the R25,4-billion Gautrain project, running from the OR Tambo International Airport to Sandton, is October 2010, Bombela Concession Company CEO Jerome Govender confirmed on Friday. Bombela is responsible for building and, eventually, operating the Gautrain... 

Fast-tracking Gautrain could cost taxpayers additional R1,3bn – report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th November 2009 Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane on Thursday said that it would cost taxpayers an additional R1,3-billion to fast-track the R25,4-billion Gautrain rapid rail project, Radio Sonder Grense (RSG) reported. The radio station had quoted the Premier as confirming that the first phase, or the airport... 

Public transport a key challenge for local government

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th October 2009 In the ‘Sustainable Public Transport Overview Report’ for 2009 the nine member cities of the SA Cities Network unanimously identified public transport as a key challenge for local government.  

Economic strategy under way for Maputo corridor

By: Amanda Strydom     30th October 2009 Consulting engineering company PD Naidoo & Associates’ subsidiary Econogistics is developing an economic strategy to optimise the Maputo transport corridor. 

Freeway improvement project makes provision for public transport

By: Amanda Strydom     30th October 2009 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has included high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in the design of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). 

Consultancy looks to expand public 
transport footprint

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th October 2009 Engineering consultancy SSI reports that it looking to further increase its presence in Africa through opportunities in public transport. SSI’s project manager Ignatius Ntsala says the company aims to achieve this through strategic partnerships with its partners on the continent, in conjunction... 

BRT seen as the best mass transport solution for SA - Peñalosa 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     13th October 2009 Not only are bus rapid transit (BRT) systems the better option for transport in countries like South Africa, it is the only solution for mass transport in such countries, Institute for Transport and Development Policy president Enrique Peñalosa said on Tuesday. BRT systems are cheaper to... 

SA expects significant number of 2010 visitors from Africa – LOC

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th October 2009 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief officer for transport and logistics Skhumbuzo Macozoma said on Tuesday that South Africa was expecting a significant number of visitors from Africa for next year’s FIFA World Cup, several of whom would make the journey by road. He said that a lot of focus... 

Gautrain aims for low 
noise and vibration

9th October 2009 Substantial effort has been put into South Africa’s R35-billion Gautrain rapid rail project to contain noise and vibration. 

How one SA company mines SA’s satellite-imagery resource to make life easier while making a profit 

By: Leandi Kolver     9th October 2009 There’s more to geography than capitals, clouds and tornados, climate, countries, people, maps, and flags. Today, geography is a serious consumer-facing business, helping us to reach our destinations with the aid of global positioning systems (GPS) on our cell phones, or even the simple road map,... 

Not just rail, as commuter agency signs R200m bus deal

By: Irma Venter     25th September 2009 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has signed a R200-million agreement with MAN Truck & Bus South Africa to procure 110 Lion’s Explorer intercity buses for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

Joburg’s BRT ridership 
numbers continue to rise 

By: Irma Venter     25th September 2009 Statistics compiled for the first ten days of Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system show that it transported an average of 16 000 people every day. 

Rea Vaya ridership numbers 
settle into a pattern, after tense start 

By: Irma Venter     18th September 2009 Following a tense first few days of operations owing to taxi violence and some operational glitches, such as station doors not opening as they should, passenger numbers for the starter service of Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system seems to have settled at around 8 000... 

Not all van-to-taxi conversions are unsafe, manufacturer avers 

By: Irma Venter     18th September 2009 Not all taxis converted from panel vans are illegal, unsafe vehicles, says Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) vans brand manager Nicolai Berger. 

BRT ups commuter tally to 16 000 passengers a day 

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2009 Statistics compiled for the first ten days of Johannesburg's Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system show that it transports an average of 16 000 people every day. This an 100% increase from the initial passenger count of 8 000 passengers, tallied shortly after the August 30 launch. “The... 

Government signs R200m 2010 bus deal

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2009 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has signed a R200-million agreement with MAN Truck & Bus South Africa to procure 110 Lion's Explorer intercity buses for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The first four locally assembled buses will be delivered this month, with the remainder to roll off... 

Joburg pushes ahead with bus innovation 
amid security threats

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2009 The City of Johannesburg finally cut the ribbon on its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system at the end of August, despite an attempt by the South African National Taxi Council and the United Taxi Association Forum to halt the process two days before the event. 

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