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Public Transport News

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. 

BRT system settles at 8 000 daily users 

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2009 Following a tense first week 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 passengers a... 

Rea Vaya service running normally following Tuesday's shooting incident

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2009 Two people – a police officer and a passenger – were wounded on Tuesday night when occupants of a minibus taxi opened fire on a Rea Vaya bus. They were in a stable condition on Wednesday morning, reported news agency Sapa. Sunday's launch of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system was met with... 

BRT system under pressure as taxis strike

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2009 The City of Johannesburg said on Monday that it would work round the clock to iron out operational and capacity challenges following the official launch of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system on Sunday. This followed reports that many taxis were not operating, despite the industry’s... 

Despite threats from taxi industry, Rea Vaya sees busy start as station doors open 

By: Irma Venter     30th August 2009 The City of Johannesburg on Sunday cut the ribbon on its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system, despite a last minute attempt by the South African National Taxi Council and the United Taxi Association Forum on Friday to halt the process. Thousands of commuters showed up at Rea Vaya stations... 

Jhb council signs BRT operating contract

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2009 While the South African National Taxi Council was still in court to halt Sunday's start of Johannesburg's bus rapid transit (BRT) system, the city council on Friday signed an interim operational contract with a special purpose vehicle (SPV) company to operate the public transport system while... 

BRT launch to go ahead, taxi strike called off – Transport Minister

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2009 In the latest salvo fired in the war of words between government and some members of the taxi industry, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele vowed on Thursday that Johannesburg's Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system would start operations on Monday, August 31. Cabinet spokesperson Themba... 

Cabinet warns taxi industry over BRT violence 

27th August 2009 The government has reaffirmed its commitment to the implementation of the bus rapid transit (BRT) system and warned the taxi industry on Thursday that it would not tolerate threats of violence. Cabinet spokesperson Themba Maseko said that threats of violence and actual violent conduct were... 

Transport dept unaware of BRT court interdict

By: Chanel de Bruyn     27th August 2009 The Department of Transport was on Thursday morning not aware that a court interdict had been filed by taxi associations in an attempt to suspend the start of the operation of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system, in Johannesburg. Deputy director-general of public transport George... 

Joburg taxi industry supports BRT in principle   

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th August 2009 The start of the operation of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system in the City of Johannesburg was “supported in principle” by the Joburg Taxi Industry Negotiating Team for the Phase 1A contract, it said on Tuesday. The team comprised members of the taxi industry in Johannesburg who had... 

Jhb council shrugs off strike threat, vows to continue BRT rollout

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2009 The City of Johannesburg on Thursday vowed to go ahead with the rollout of its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system on August 30, despite the threat of a national strike from the South African National Taxi Council. Santaco had earlier this week issued the notice of a strike in opposition to... 

Joburg ‘disappointed’ as taxi drivers threaten BRT strike  

By: Chanel de Bruyn     14th August 2009 It was “extremely disappointing” that some members of the taxi industry were threatening to protest against the Rea Vaya bus rapid-transit (BRT) system when it starts operating at the end of this month, before the negotiations with the taxi industry have been concluded, City of Johannesburg... 

Interim bus company to manage BRT while taxi negotiations continue   

By: Chanel de Bruyn     12th August 2009 City of Johannesburg executive mayor Amos Masondo said on Wednesday that he was confident that the city could reach an agreement with taxi operators regarding the Rea Vaya bus rapid-transit (BRT) system, which was ready to commence with a starter service on August 30. The public would be allowed... 

Joburg gets ready for Aug 30 BRT launch

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2009 The City of Johannesburg was planning to start closing the dedicated lanes that were constructed for South Africa’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Rea Vaya, to public traffic, in preparation for the August 30 launch of the R1,6-billion Phase 1A. “The dedicated lanes were constructed... 

R25,4bn Gautrain project more than 65% complete 

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2009 Just under 150 km of track must be laid for the Gautrain project, which will link Johannesburg, Tshwane and the OR Tambo International Airport by 2011. 

Brazilian export credit agency to finance purchase of Joburg BRT fleet

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2009 The City of Johannesburg has - through HSBC Bank - arranged what it termed a “competitive loan” with the Brazilian BNDES Export Credit Agency (ECA) to fund the purchase of the 143-strong Rea Vaya bus fleet required for phase 1A of the bus rapid transit (BRT) system, set to start operations on... 

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