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Public Transport News

S African taxi associations brand Uber as a 'swine flu' 

By: African News Agency      30th June 2016 The regulation and legalisation of Uber drivers in the country took centre stage at a taxi indaba in Johannesburg on Thursday as the South African taxi associations described the app-based service as a "swine flu". The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and the National Taxi Alliance... 

Unitrans’s Megabus procures first Scania Euro 6, CNG buses, Tetra 4 to supply local gas 

30th June 2016 Unitrans’s subsidiary Megabus has procured ten Scania, 280 horsepower, 100% compressed natural gas buses. Megabus will trial these buses for the next five years at its Free State operations. Mia Breytenbach tells us more. 

Unitrans’s Megabus procures first Scania Euro 6, CNG buses, Tetra 4 to supply local gas
Unitrans’s Megabus procures first Scania Euro 6, CNG buses, Tetra 4 to supply local gas

Government part of the dysfunction in the taxi industry, says Gauteng Premier Makhura

By: African News Agency      30th June 2016 Gauteng Premier David Makhura said government had a hand in the dysfunction of the local taxi industry. On Thursday, during the Ntirhisano Provincial Taxi Indaba held at the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg, Makhura said he was aware of the corruption by government officials who themselves... 

Plans for municipal entity to run Durban’s troubled bus service put on hold

By: African News Agency      30th June 2016 The establishment of a new entity to run Durban’s troubled municipal bus service will not take place at the start of July as had been promised. A statement released by the eThekwini Metro Municipality on Wednesday said plans to establish a municipal bus service had been placed on hold. 

Growthpoint introduces electric bikes, solar charging hubs to Sandton

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2016 Growthpoint Properties has introduced two electronic bike hubs to the Sandton business district, in a pilot project the company hopes will grow its footprint, says Growthpoint head of energy sustainability Werner van Antwerpen. The two hubs are opposite the Sandton Gautrain Station, at the... 

Growthpoint introduces electric bikes, solar charging hubs to Sandton
Photo by Duane Daws
Growthpoint's e-bike charging hub

First new PRASA trains to enter service in Pretoria in October

By: Irma Venter     27th June 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), were set to enter service in October, said PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola on Monday. Speaking at a... 

First new PRASA trains to enter service in Pretoria in October
Photo by Duane Daws
PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola

New trains and infrastructure on track

24th June 2016 A full-size mock-up of the Riyadh Metropolis train manufactured by rail transport company Alstom was unveiled earlier this month in Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia during a ceremony in the presence of the Riyadh governor Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Transport Minister Suleiman Al Hamdan and... 

Transport demand underestimated

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 The number of passengers that could use rail transport has been grossly underestimated, says WSP Parsons|Brinckerhoff Africa (WSP) Transportation and Infrastructure divisional director Vishaal Lutchman. 

Transport demand underestimated
Photo by Duane Daws
RAIL SYSTEM Transnet is upgrading the freight rail infrastructure across South Africa

Summit brings governments, operators and investors together

24th June 2016 Regional and international stakeholders for East and Central Africa's transport infrastructure sector will be gathering once again at the seventh East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit 2016 (Roads & Rail 2016) to be held on September 27 and 28 in Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. 

Summit brings governments, operators and investors together
Photo by Reuters
ZIMBABWE RAIL Zimbabwean government authorities will be attending the summit to discuss the current state of the country’s railway system

Partnership to increase infrastructure growth

24th June 2016 Three international firms consisting of the technology developer General Electric (GE) Africa, multi-industry company Mara Group and financial institution Atlas Merchant Capital have partnered to help address infrastructure challenges in Africa through investments in equity projects such as rail... 

Partnership to increase  infrastructure growth
Photo by Duane Daws
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS The partnership hopes to improve infrastructure projects across Africa

German train operator orders more train units

24th June 2016 Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has won a contract to supply German rail operator Abellio Rail Südwest GmbH with 43 Bombardier Talent 2 multiple unit trains. The order is valued at about €215-million. 

German train operator orders more train units
INCREASED PASSENGER COUNT The new multiple unit trains will have up to 273 seats in each train

New US products showcased at Africa Rail

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 New material testing equipment from US-based company MTS that can determine the strength and durability of rail infrastructure will be showcased at the Africa Rail 2016 conference and exhibition by laboratory equipment and services suppliers IMP Scientific & Precision. 

New US products showcased at Africa Rail
Photo by Duane Daws
WELD TEST Testing equipment provided by IMP test the strength of welds

Rail upgrade project largest in the world

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 The new rolling stock procurement programme from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is the largest passenger rail and system upgrade in the world, says professional service firm KPMG. 

Rail upgrade project largest  in the world
PRASA TRAINS The new trains that will work on the upgraded infrastructure system are larger and faster than previous trains

List of local suppliers for new passenger trains continues to grow

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 The number of local suppliers in the R51-billion contract to produce 600 new passenger trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has reached 32. Six trains have been completed and shipped to South Africa to date. These units form part of an order of 20 that are being imported... 

At least 100 injured in KZN train collision

By: News24Wire      23rd June 2016 At least 100 people have been injured after two trains collided between the Mobeni and Havenside areas of KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday afternoon, Marshall Security said. The private security company said it was unclear what had caused the accident. 

Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality hosts investment tour

By: David Oliveira     22nd June 2016 The Ekurhuleni municipality has given journalists insight into some of the key industrial and infrastructure developments being built in the metropolitan, including the Harambee bus-rapid transit (BRT) system and the Lords View Industrial Park. During the media tour, on Tuesday, Ekurhuleni senior... 

New public transport by-law to tackle violence, intimidation – eThekwini

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 Violence, intimidation and the use of force by those offering public transport will not be tolerated, according to new by-laws proposed by the eThekwini Metro Municipality. "The behaviour of drivers, conductors and passengers is covered by the by-law. This includes prohibiting the use of force,... 

South Africa seeks comment on draft carbon-offset rules 

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2016 Draft carbon offset regulations have been released by the National Treasury for public comment, with a submission deadline of July 29. Under the proposed rules, firms can reduce their carbon tax liability by between 5% and 10% of their total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, by investing in... 

South Africa seeks comment on draft carbon-offset rules

R400m Dunnottar train plant contract awarded to black-owned firms

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2016 Gibela has awarded the Trencon Black Jills joint venture (JV) the R400-million contract to build the main site buildings at its Dunnottar train manufacturing plant, on the East Rand. The plant will be used to produce the 580 trains Gibela is to supply to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa... 

Gibela secures 32 local suppliers for R51bn PRASA contract, seeks many more

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 The number of local suppliers in the R51-billion contract to produce 600 new passenger trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has reached 32. Six trains have been completed and shipped to South Africa to date. These units form part of an order of 20 that are being imported... 

Gibela secures 32 local suppliers for R51bn PRASA contract, seeks many more
Photo by Duane Daws
Gibela's X'Trapolis Mega train, built for PRASA

Vadi aiming for Gauteng Transport Authority deal ahead of August elections

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 The Gauteng government hopes to sign an in-principle agreement with Gauteng’s three major municipalities – Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Johannesburg – on the formation of a Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) before the local elections, to be held on August 3, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr... 

South African emergency response app receiving international attention

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2016 The locally developed emergency response CrashDetech smartphone application (app) will compete against international social businesses and technologies as part of The Venture competition in New York, next month. CrashDetech is in talks to potentially deploy the solution in Zambia, the UK,... 

South African emergency response app receiving  international attention
JACO GERRITS Our aim has always been to make a large contribution to road safety and reduce roadside fatalities and injuries

Trencon Black Jills JV wins R400m Gibela train plant contract

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2016 Gibela on Thursday announced that it had awarded the Trencon Black Jills joint venture (JV) the R400-million contract to build the main site buildings at its Dunnottar train manufacturing plant, on the East Rand. The plant would be used to produce the 580 trains Gibela was to supply to the... 

Trencon Black Jills JV wins R400m Gibela train plant contract
Photo by Christo Greyling
Gibela CEO Marc Granger

Gautrain disruptions cause havoc in Johannesburg

By: African News Agency      1st June 2016 The month of June started badly for Gautrain passengers with service interruptions adding to the pain of fare increases which came into force on Wednesday. Passengers faced the grim possibility of missing their flights as services from Johannesburg’s Park Station and Pretoria to OR Tambo... 

Gautrain disruptions cause havoc in Johannesburg

Bombela awarded R624m in Gautrain Sandton station claim

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2016 The arbitration tribunal ruling on the Bombela Concession Company’s (BCC’s) Gautrain Sandton Station cavern claim, has increased it provisional quantum award of R354-million, as set in March, to R624-million (excluding VAT). The award was in relation to a claim lodged by the Bombela Civil Joint... 

Bombela awarded R624m in Gautrain Sandton station claim

Insight into proposed Gautrain expansion expected in June

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2016 The Gauteng government will make an announcement on the possible expansion of the province’s rapid rail system by the end of June, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. He notes that the feasibility study – which is investigating the viability of expanding the Gautrain network –... 

More X’Trapolis Mega trains delivered to PRASA 

By: David Oliveira     25th May 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has, to date, taken delivery of five X’Trapolis Mega train sets being manufactured by the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium, in Brazil. A further two of the train sets, each comprising six coaches, were en route to South Africa, while the... 

More X’Trapolis Mega trains delivered to PRASA
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters tells communities to value and protect the new trains being acquired by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer

Gauteng Transport Authority a step closer – Vadi

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2016 The Gauteng government has made strides in advancing its ambitions of establishing an integrated transport authority and narrowing the fragmentation of the public transport system of South Africa’s most populous province. Addressing media prior to Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s Budget Vote for... 

Gauteng Transport Authority a step closer – Vadi
Photo by Duane Daws
Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi

JRA launches roads infrastructure protection unit to curb loss of assets

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2016 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Thursday launched a specialised crime prevention and detection unit, which is part of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), as a “pre-emptive” step to protect its traffic signals and road infrastructure from acts of vandalism and cable... 

JRA launches roads infrastructure protection unit to curb loss of assets

Vadi aims for in-principle transport authority agreement before August

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2016 The Gauteng government hopes to sign an in-principle agreement with Gauteng’s three major municipalities – Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Johannesburg – on the formation of a Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) before the local elections, to be held on August 3, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr... 

Vadi aims for in-principle transport authority agreement before August
Photo by Duane Daws
Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi

Comments sought on amended empowerment code for transport sector

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry has invited comment on the Draft Amended Transport Sector Code, which has been gazetted in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act.   The transport sector code, one of the biggest sector codes, consists of eight subsector codes. It has been... 

CoCT to deploy additional MyCiTi buses to Cape Flats due to Metrorail sabotage

By: African News Agency      18th April 2016 The City of Cape Town will deploy additional buses on the N2 express route between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and Cape Town to assist commuters who may be affected by the expected delays of Metrorail trains on Monday. The Golden Arrow Bus Service will also deploy additional buses on routes... 

CoCT to deploy additional MyCiTi buses to Cape Flats due to Metrorail sabotage

Transport minister slams torching of Metrorail trains

By: News24Wire      18th April 2016 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Sunday condemned recent arson attacks on Metrorail trains in the Western Cape. “Law enforcement agencies are called upon to arrest perpetrators of this senseless destruction of property, criminality and sabotage,” said Peters in a statement issued by the... 

Transport minister slams torching of Metrorail trains

Draft code targets 10% black pilots, 35% black bus ownership, more women in taxi industry 

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry has invited comment on the Draft Amended Transport Sector Code, which has been gazetted in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act. The transport sector code, one of the biggest sector codes, consists of eight subsector codes. It has been... 

Draft code targets 10% black pilots, 35% black bus ownership, more women in taxi industry

Rail arson in Cape Town will cause train delays

By: News24Wire      11th April 2016 Arson attacks on trains at the Cape Town station on Saturday will cause delays to Metrorail’s service on Monday. Five platforms at the station are out of commission while repairs are conducted after carriages were torched. Delays of up 60 minutes are expected as trains wait in a holding pattern... 

Rail arson in Cape Town will cause train delays

Metrorail granted interdict against train strike

By: Reuters     7th April 2016 An interdict has been granted to avert a train strike led by the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) from going ahead, Metrorail said on Thursday. But defective signals and cable theft resulted in delays between ten minutes and one hour on the southern and northern lines. 

Metrorail granted interdict against train strike

Alstom moves to solidify local presence with 51% stake in CTLE

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2016 With the 51% acquisition of local rail company Commuter Transport and Locomotive Engineering (CTLE) now complete, French multinational Alstom is moving to develop a platform that will fully localise its rail presence in South Africa. The group, which rebranded the Nigel-based train modernisation... 

Alstom moves to solidify local presence with 51% stake in CTLE

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