http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
R/€ = 16.88 Change: -0.06
R/$ = 14.38 Change: -0.06
Au 1196.41 $/oz Change: -11.81
Pt 823.50 $/oz Change: -13.49
 

Public Transport News

Arrest arson attackers who torched a bus with passengers inside – Gauteng transport MEC Vadi

By: African News Agency      6th October 2016 Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Thursday called on law enforcement agencies in Tshwane to react swiftly and arrest the perpetrators of the “cowardly arson attack that took place yesterday afternoon on an A re Yeng bus”. Arsonists petrol bombed a rapid transit bus in Pretoria on... 

Failed Nelson Mandela Bay public transport system set to take off in April

By: African News Agency      5th October 2016 The failed and dysfunctional Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) in Nelson Mandela Bay will be operational in April next year, if approved by council. Twenty five buses are currently stagnant as the project has failed to kick off since its inception during 2009. National Treasury has also... 

Gauteng govt urges citizens to make greater use of public transport

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd October 2016 The Gauteng provincial government has urged citizens to embrace the different modes of public transport available in the province to ease congestion on the province's roads. October marks the launch of National Transport Month. Speaking at a tour of the Pretoria railway station, Transport... 

Gauteng govt urges citizens to make greater use of public transport
Photo by Duane Daws
Minister Dipuo Peters

PRASA, Vodacom sign R1bn, 15-year fibre deal

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016  Vodacom has signed a 15-year deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), through its subsidiary Intersite Asset Investments, valued at more than R1-billion. Intersite is responsible for property and asset development within PRASA. It aims to raise additional revenue for the... 

PRASA, Vodacom sign R1bn, 15-year fibre deal

Train plant construction ‘on track’, says Gibela 

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2016 The construction of Gibela’s R1-billion train factory at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, is on schedule, says the rail consortium in a project update. Gibela has been contracted to supply the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa with 600 new passenger trains, in a deal worth R51-billion. The first 20... 

Train plant construction ‘on track’, says Gibela
Construction work at the site of Gibela’s R1-billion train factory in Dunnottar

Uber pilots dashcams in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 Internet ride-sharing app Uber has launched a month-long dashcam pilot in Cape Town amid the service experiencing recent safety concerns. The digital cameras record what is happening in front of the Uber cars on the road as well as inside vehicles where riders and drivers sit, Uber Africa... 

Alstom on the right track, says CEO

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2016 French multinational Alstom is well on course in the “railway traffic evolution” stakes, with sustained growth in the sector affirming the group is on the right track with its 2020 strategy, says Alstom chairperson and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge. Addressing media at a press conference on the... 

Alstom on the right track, says CEO
Alstom chairperson and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge

Volvo Cars, Uber in autonomous-driving partnership

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2016 Volvo Cars and ride-sharing company Uber will join forces to develop autonomous driving (AD) cars. The two companies have signed an agreement to develop base vehicles that will be able to incorporate the latest developments in AD technologies, up to and including, fully autonomous driverless cars. 

Cummins Africa opens CNG training facility 

By: Schalk Burger     9th September 2016 Power and engine multinational Cummins Africa has added a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine training programme to the courses available at its Kelvin View training facility, in Gauteng, to support the growing use of CNG engines in public transport and power generation, says Cummins Africa... 

Cummins Africa opens CNG training facility
Cummins launches technician training programme

Taxi businesses could be harmed by demerit system – SA Taxi 

By: News24Wire      6th September 2016 Taxi business financier SA Taxi says the proposed implementation of a point demerit system for South African drivers could bring small taxi businesses to a "grinding halt". SA Taxi was presenting to Parliament's portfolio committee on transport on Tuesday, which was holding public hearings into... 

PRASA finances stabilising, but there is significant room for improvement – Letsoalo 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th August 2016 Despite recording R13.9-billion in irregular expenditure during the 2015/16 financial year, State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) still received an unqualified audit opinion from the Auditor-General. Speaking at a media briefing at its offices in Pretoria, PRASA acting CEO... 

PRASA finances stabilising, but there is significant room for improvement – Letsoalo

Uber mulls new South African services as it expands African footprint

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016 There is “huge scope” for Uber to grow in South Africa, says Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM Alon Lits. “My wife and I have one car. I Uber to work every morning and I always drive past all of these cars in traffic with single occupants. I want each and every one of these drivers to switch to Uber.” 

Uber mulls new South African services  as it expands African footprint

Gauteng clearing taxi licence backlog

By: Reuters     15th August 2016 The Gauteng government was hard at work clearing a backlog in taxi operating licence applications dating back to as far as 2011, Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said on Monday. Vadi said the work done so far was part of a taxi outreach programme that followed a taxi operators summit held last... 

Study shows lower BRT passenger demand than first forecast

By: Irma Venter     12th August 2016 Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in South Africa generally have lower passenger demand, poorer financial performance and higher subsidy requirements than initially forecast, says Professor Christo Venter of the University of Pretoria’s Centre of Transport Development. One cause of poor passenger... 

Autonomous city buses put through real-life paces in Amsterdam

By: Irma Venter     12th August 2016 Daimler Buses’ Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot in July drive autonomously for the first time on a route of around 20 km in Amsterdam, on a section of the longest bus rapid transit (BRT) line in Europe, connecting Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport with the city of Haarlem. Daimler Buses says it... 

Exciting Gautrain developments 

11th August 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about plans to potentially expand the Gautrain and other exciting developments to increase the rapid-rail system’s capacity. 

Exciting Gautrain developments
Exciting Gautrain developments

Rea Vaya BRT system to be extended to Sandton

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2016 The City of Johannesburg aims to bring its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Sandton central within the next two years. Rea Vaya started operations in 2009, and already runs between areas such as Parktown, Doornfontein and Soweto. 

Gautrain agency crunching numbers on new lines, tunnels and rolling stock

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2016 Building and operating the Gautrain rail system has always been a complex numbers game, ever since former Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa first announced the project in 2000. Six years from the start of operations in 2010, not much has changed. 

Gautrain agency crunching numbers on new lines, tunnels and rolling stock

Amid opposition, MyCiti bus service reports passenger record

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2016 Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service transported its highest ever number of passengers in May this year, says Cape Town Transport MMC Brett Heron. He says MiCiti saw 700 000 passenger journeys in May. The total number of passenger journeys since the service rolled out in 2010 now numbers more than... 

Stability and cohesion a way forward for African rail sector

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th July 2016 Companies are under pressure from government and the public to embark on new projects while there are still projects that need to be completed. The countless delays across the rail expansions are concerning, says the RailRoad Association of South Africa (RRA). Negative sentiments by the industry... 

Stability and cohesion a way forward for African rail sector
Photo by Duane Daws
DELAYS Negative sentiments by the industry on implementing the designation policy and delays of some rail projects have led to discussions with Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Inspection device to provide safety in rail operations

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a prototype survey and inspection device (SID) to survey and inspect South Africa’s railway lines, which is intended to improve safety and operations. Along with reporting on the condition of the rail infrastructure, the SID... 

Inspection device  to provide safety in  rail operations
DEBUT The CSIR's survey and inspection device (SID) was debuted at Africa Rail 2016

Local content priority for PRASA contract

29th July 2016 French multinational rail transport company Alstom, which has a controlling stake in local rail transport consortium Gibela, has reinforced its commitment to ensuring local content forms a significant portion of the multibillion-rand contract signed between Gibela and the Passenger Rail Agency of... 

Gautrain agency crunching numbers on new lines, tunnels and rolling stock

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2016 Building and operating the Gautrain rail system has always been a complex numbers game, ever since former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa first announced the project in 2000. Six years on from the start of operations in 2010, not much has changed. 

Gautrain agency crunching numbers on new lines, tunnels and rolling stock

Transport costs undermining African farmers

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

Public transport operators need to do ‘more with less’

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2016 South African public transport operators need “to do more with less” as the economy contracts and the national fiscus faces increasing financial pressure, says National Treasury intergovernmental relations deputy director-general Malijeng Ngqaleni. She notes that the current system of public... 

High-speed BRT lanes not silver bullet they appear to be – UP study

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2016 Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in South Africa generally have lower passenger demand, poorer financial performance and higher subsidy requirements than initially forecast, says Professor Christo Venter of the University of Pretoria’s Centre of Transport Development. One cause of poor passenger... 

High-speed BRT lanes not silver bullet they appear to be – UP study

Daimler runs first self-driving BRT bus in Amsterdam

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2016 Daimler Buses on Monday announced that its Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot had driven autonomously for the first time on a route of around 20 km in Amsterdam, on a section of the longest bus rapid transit (BRT) line in Europe, connecting Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport with the city of... 

Daimler runs first self-driving BRT bus in Amsterdam
The Future Bus

Rea Vaya to reach Sandton central by 2018

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2016 The City of Johannesburg aims to bring its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Sandton central within the next two years. Rea Vaya started operations in 2009, and already runs between areas such as Parktown, Doornfontein and Soweto. 

Rea Vaya to reach Sandton central by 2018
Sandton Central Management District city improvement district manager Elaine Jack

Company strengthens ties with African country

15th July 2016 Global engineering, project management and construction company Bechtel has extended its partnership with Gabon, which it has been working with since 2010 to create and implement a $25-billion national infrastructure plan. 

Company strengthens ties with African country
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Construction of infrastructure across Gabon will continue under Bechtel supervision

Metrobus suspends services as bus strike continues

By: African News Agency      11th July 2016 Metrobus said the illegal strike by bus drives continued on Monday and services had been suspended. Metrobus Corporate Services GM Ranti Mahlabana said: "It does appear that this is a continuation of an illegal strike that started on Friday afternoon". 

First new passenger trains to enter into service in October

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2016 The first new passenger trains to be delivered according to a multibillionrand contact signed between Gibela and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), are set to enter service in October, says PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola. He says the first new blue... 

Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality hosts investment tour

By: David Oliveira     8th July 2016 The Ekurhuleni municipality has given journalists insight into some of the key industrial and infrastructure developments in the metropolitan, including the Harambee bus-rapid transit (BRT) system and the Lords View Industrial Park. Ekurhuleni economic development facilitator Yusuf Mayet... 

PRASA to display train replica

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) plans to unveil a replica of its newly purchased trains at the Pretoria station for public viewing from the end of July. The showpiece, which arrived at the station on Thursday, was meant to showcase the new trains it aimed to roll out over the... 

PRASA to display train replica

Phase 1 of MyCiti done, ‘obsession’ with BRT ‘waning’ – Heron 

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2016 Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service transported its highest ever number of passengers in May this year, said Cape Town Transport MMC Brett Heron on Thursday. Addressing delegates at the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria, he said MiCiti had seen 700 000 passenger journeys in May. The... 

Phase 1 of MyCiti done, ‘obsession’ with BRT ‘waning’ – Heron

Current public transport subsidies not sustainable, warns Treasury

By: Irma Venter     4th July 2016 South African public transport operators need “to do more with less” as the economy contracted and the national fiscus faced increasing financial pressure, said National Treasury intergovernmental relations deputy director-general Malijeng Ngqaleni on Monday as she addressed the Southern African... 

Current public transport subsidies not sustainable, warns Treasury

DoT CFO joins PRASA as acting group CEO 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st July 2016 The Department of Transport (DoT) has welcomed the appointment of Collins Letsoalo as acting group CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), effective immediately. Letsoalo was moving from his position as CFO at the DoT, assuming the role until PRASA’s board resolved several... 

Private sector rail entry in Italy sees jump in rail market share

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2016 Airlines in Italy have received some surprise competition from high-speed rail links over the last four years, says TRA Consulting CEO and NTV studies office head Professor Andrea Giuricin. NTV operates the Italotreno nonstop service between Milan and Rome, in competition with State operator... 

Private sector rail entry in Italy sees jump in rail market share

Company Post

more

Latest News

more

Latest Videos

more

Research Reports

Topics In These Articles

RSS Feed

About

Engineering News is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Engineering News is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Subscribe Now for $119
Free daily email newsletter Register Now
Subscribe Now for $119 Close