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Public Transport News

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 To limit the damage to the national and provincial road networks – primarily caused by heavy-duty freight vehicles – and cut down on resulting maintenance, government should ensure that South Africa has a workable and reliable rail freight service, says auditing and consulting firm KPMG. KPMG... 

CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)  has been researching the use of alternative materials, including waste by-products, in road construction to reduce costs, enhance engineering properties and ensure the sustainability of the environment. CSIR Built Environment Transport... 

CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials
Photo by Duane Daws
THE BUS STOPS HERE Transport systems depend on the quality and sustainability of the associated infrastructure, therefore government has to invest in infrastructure to increase mobility and grow the economy

Public transport development driven by lowest cost, not value, says ITSSA

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2016 South Africa’s transport procurement system is often driven by cost, rather than value, says Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. “We tend to look for the lowest-cost supplier of services and equipment and not always the best value. The problem with this is... 

Public transport development driven by lowest cost, not value, says ITSSA

Subcontractor working on expansion and skills development programmes

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Tier-two subcontract manufacturer to original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) IEC Holden, which supplies electric motors and generators to the railway, power generation, oil and gas, and mining industries, is currently directly contracted to OEMs that supply the Transnet Freight Rail rail... 

Subcontractor working  on expansion and skills  development programmes
PRODUCT SUPPLY A drive for electric freight locomotive, tested and ready for dispatch

Modified wagon designs to increase volumes per trip

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 By modifying construction materials and wagon design, original-equipment manufacturer Galison Group believes that the lighter weight of a wagon will significantly reduce transport and production costs, by enabling customers to increase their production volumes per wagon per trip. 

Modified wagon designs to increase volumes per trip
MODIFIED WAGON DESIGN The train system at Pulong copper mine will be a fully automated and driverless system

Three firms shortlisted to supply 12 trains for Gautrain rail link

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply twelve new trains of four coaches each to the Gautrain rail link. The rail system currently operates 96 coaches, with train configurations of either four or eight coaches, depending on time-of-day demand. 

Chinese group to supply electric buses, ancillary equipment for Cape Town’s MyCiti service

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 The City of Cape Town has awarded the tender for the procurement of ten electric buses and their necessary ancillary equipment for the MyCiTi service to the Chinese BYD conglomerate. A tender for the low-floor electric buses was advertised in February and awarded in September. 

Sandton bicycle lanes still on agenda

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd November 2016 The City of Johannesburg will go ahead with plans to roll out bicycle lanes in and around Sandton, despite having the R70-million budget reallocated for projects in the Alexandra township. Newly elected mayor Herman Mashaba had noted that the funds would be reallocated, which caused confusion... 

Sandton bicycle lanes still on agenda

Rea Vaya bus operations halted after drivers down tools

By: African News Agency      1st November 2016 Rea Vaya bus operations were brought to a stand still on Tuesday morning after drivers downed tools over a number of grievances they said their employer was failing to address. A bus driver, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said drivers were not on strike, but had simply downed tools because... 

Rea Vaya bus operations halted after drivers down tools

Government initiatives result in more road lighting projects

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 The South African government’s drive to implement energy efficiency practices and maximise energy savings, along with its work with municipalities and State-owned power utility Eskom in the electrification of informal settlements and rural areas, has ensured that there are more opportunities for... 

Government initiatives  result in more road  lighting projects
DE HOEK PLAZA BEKA Schréder’s LEDlume-midi streetlight luminaires and its OMNIstar floodlights were used for the N3 Toll Plaza projects

R100-billion infrastructure investment enhances safety and mobility

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 As part of the City of Johannesburg’s ten-year R100-billion investment in infrastructure, the city’s road infrastructure authority the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) investigated the state and quality of the 814 bridges in Johannesburg, and set out to construct and rehabilitate bridges in the... 

R100-billion infrastructure investment enhances  safety and mobility
NALEDI-PROTEA NORTH BRIDGE Construction on the bridge that now links the two Soweto suburbs started in 2014

Political consultation under way on Gautrain expansion study

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi says the feasibility study on the possible expansion of the Gautrain rail network has been completed. The proposed routes under investigation include a link from Lanseria through Honeydew to Sandton, an additional line from Mamelodi, north-east of... 

2019 target set for launch of Gauteng Transport Authority

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi aims to have the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) in place before the 2019 national and provincial elections, which could see his tenure come to an end. The GTA will be a legally constituted public transport authority with legal powers, reaching... 

Gauteng aerotropolis feasibility study completed

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2016 The feasibility study for Gauteng’s Aerotropolis project, to be developed around the OR Tambo International Airport, has been completed, says Aerotroplis project manager Jack van der Merwe. “We are ready to set up an implementation office. This will be a physical office on site. 

GO!Durban construction gathering momentum

By: Shirley le Guern     25th October 2016 Construction of GO!Durban, eThekwini’s integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN), is gathering momentum with the second phase of the project under way.  GO!Durban head of infrastructure roll-out Carlos Esteves told attendees at a public briefing in Umhlanga, in KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday... 

GO!Durban construction gathering momentum
GO!Durban N2 bridge

Cape Town to acquire ten electric buses in R126m deal 

By: Irma Venter     24th October 2016 The City of Cape Town has awarded the tender for the procurement of ten electric buses and their necessary ancillary equipment for the MyCiTi service to the Chinese BYD conglomerate. A tender for the low-floor electric buses was advertised in February and awarded in September. 

Cape Town to acquire ten electric buses in R126m deal

Meter taxis lose bid to declare Uber anticompetitive

By: News24Wire      20th October 2016 The Competition Commission has struck down meter taxi drivers’ bid to declare internet app Uber as engaging in predatory pricing and anti-competitive behaviour. In May this year, eight regional taxi companies and 150 individual members of the SA Meter Taxi Association filed the application... 

Meter taxis lose bid to declare Uber anticompetitive

Gauteng govt shortlists three bidders for Gautrain rolling stock contract

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply twelve new trains of four coaches each to the Gautrain rail link. The rail system currently operates 96 coaches, with train configurations of either four or eight coaches, depending on time-of-day demand. 

 Gauteng govt shortlists three bidders for Gautrain rolling stock contract

New cashless ticketing system eyed for Gauteng’s taxis  

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th October 2016 The South African National Taxi Council’s commercial arm TaxiChoice on Monday unveiled its new cashless e-ticketing system for minibus taxis that contributes to the formalisation of the industry and its employees. The new FairPay electronic fare collection system, which was lauded by Gauteng... 

New cashless ticketing system eyed for Gauteng’s taxis
TaxiChoice chairperson Jothan Msibi discusses the new cashless, card-based system about to be deployed across taxis. Camerawork and editing: Nicholas Boyd. Date recorded: 17.10.2016

Pretoria celebrates transport month 

13th October 2016 The City of Pretoria is this month co-hosting the October Transport Month campaign with the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and aims to encourage commuters to use public transport and more sustainable ways of travelling.  

Pretoria celebrates transport month
Pretoria celebrates transport month

Feasibility study on Gautrain expansion project completed 

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi says the feasibility study on the possible expansion of the Gautrain rail network has been completed. The proposed routes under investigation include a link from Lanseria through Honeydew to Sandton, an additional line from Mamelodi, north-east of... 

Feasibility study on Gautrain expansion project completed

Vadi aims to have Gauteng transport authority in place by 2019

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi aims to have the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) in place before the 2019 national and provincial elections, which could see his tenure come to an end. The GTA will be a legally constituted public transport authority with legal powers, reaching... 

Vadi aims to have Gauteng transport authority in place by 2019
Photo by Duane Daws
Dr Ismail Vadi

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... 

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